Hueberdeau Suspended Four Games For Injuring Referee

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Hueberdeau Suspended Four Games For Injuring Referee December 11, 2012 7:44 AM

Jonathan Huberdeau may have played his last game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and although he didn’t end it with a win, many say he ended it with a bang.

With just minutes left in Sunday’s game between the Halifax Mooseheads and the Saint John Sea Dogs, Huberdeau dropped his gloves.

Huberdeau and Mooseheads player MacKenzie Weegar received five minutes in the penalty box for fighting, two minutes for high sticking, and two for instigating.

He received an automatic suspension for instigating the fight and an automatic three-game suspension for abusing an official, after a linesman was injured in the altercation.

Raymond Bolduc, the Director of Player Safety for the QMJHL, announced the suspension on Monday.

“It was his last game,” says Saint John Sea Dogs trainer Terry Blizzard when speaking to media after the game.

“I think he knew it was his last game. I think he wanted to go out winning. He is a champion in so many ways. I think things might have got to him, but like I said, he was just trying to get to somebody and he would never mean to do anything. That’s not his character. So, it was definitely an accident, the heat of the moment, that’s how I saw it.”

It’s a ban Hueberdeau may never have to serve. Neither the IIHF nor Hockey Canada will recognize the QMJHL’s suspension. The 19-year-old, drafted third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2011 draft, is currently taking part in Team Canada’s World Junior selection camp in Calgary and will serve the suspension if he returns to the Sea Dogs.

While at the Worl Junior Tournament, should the NHL lockout be resolved, Hueberdeau would likely go right to Florida. Speculation this morning from NHL insiders is that meetings will resume and a deal will be done allowing the season to begin on December 31st. Then again, some still believe in Santa.

By Joseph Kolodziej

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