QMJHL Player Suspended Over Inappropriate Comments

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QMJHL player suspended over inappropriate comments

Gatineau Olympiques forward Samuel Courtemanche has been suspended for two games for inappropriate comments directed towards a player on the Acadie-Bathurst Titans.

The comments, during a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game on Sunday in Bathurst, were made toward Ludovic Kabambi, who is from the Congo.

The league has also fined the Olympiques $500, and is requesting Courtemanche extend a formal apology to Kabambi.

“The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League created an anti-discrimination policy in December of 2006 in order to ban all forms of discrimination," said Gilles Courteau, the QMJHL’s commissioner.

"Our policy is based on the principle of zero tolerance and it applies to all comments which are deemed inappropriate. All of our participants must be treated with respect and dignity."

The National Hockey League recently suspended a player for making inappropriate comments during a game.

Florida Panthers forward Krys Barch was suspended for a game in connection with an incident in the team’s home game on Dec. 31 against Montreal.

Barch was banished from that contest against the Canadiens when, according to a report in the Miami Herald, one of the linesman heard him direct a racial slur towards P.K. Subban, who is black, in a scrum.

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