The verdict is in – Oliver D’Aoust has been suspended eight games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for his hit on Jason Seed.
The play took place in the third period of Tuesday’s 2-1 Saint John Sea Dogs overtime win over the Moncton Wildcats at the Coliseum. The Wildcats forward drilled the Sea Dogs defenseman from behind and into the end boards. D’Aoust was given a game misconduct and major penalty for his actions while Seed left the game and did not return.
D’Aoust has three goals and two assists in 26 games with the Wildcats this season. He has served a team high 66 penalty minutes.
As luck would have it, the left winger will be eligible to play on New Year’s Eve when the Wildcats host the Sea Dogs. Moncton and Saint John meet once prior to New Year’s as they play each other on December 18 at the Moncton Coliseum.
Personally, I’ve found the QMJHL’s suspensions this season to be a little weak – especially in comparison with the OHL. But eight games for the D’Aoust hit seems appropriate.
There was another questionable hit in that game as Danick Gauthier appeared to get his elbow up on Brandon Gormley. According tothe QMJHL website, the Wildcats filed a complaint to the league but it was rejected. Wildcats head coach and director of hockey operations, Danny Flynn, was fined $500.
The video of the play isn't great, but I'm a little surprised Gauthier didn't get something. Still not sure how the officials didn't call a penalty on that play.