The Saint John Sea Dogs will be without their captain for the first two games of the President’s Cup final.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced today that Jonathan Huberdeau has been suspended two games for his hit on Charles Hudon during Game 5 of the semifinals last Saturday. Huberdeau hit Hudon from behind but no penalty was called on the play. Hudon left and did not return.
Here’s the video.
It was reported yesterday that the Chicoutimi Sagueneens had sent video of the hit to the league. There has been no update given on Hudon’s status.
The suspension isn’t a huge shock as the hit probably should have been a major penalty. It sucks though since there is a chance Huberdeau, the face of the Sea Dogs franchise, may have played his last game at Harbour Station.
It’s obviously a big loss for Saint John but they have plenty of offensive weapons that can fill the void. They are still the favourites to win this series.
Huberdeau will be eligible to return for Game 3 in Rimouski. Game 1 of the league final is Friday at 8pm at the Station.