QMJHL Season Already Marred by Late Hits
The 2010-11 QMJHL season was marred by a series of questionable, late hits that left players suffering concussion.
Nothing seems to have been learned. The opening weekend of the 2011-12 season saw more checks from behind and hits to the head.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies center Anthony Verret was left with a quadruple fracture to his face and damge to his ocular nerve after a hit from Gatineau Olympiques defenseman Guillaume Rousseau. No penalty was called.
Thankfully, Verret has undergone sucessful surgery and hopefully the 18-year old makes a full recovery to return to the Huskies line-up sooner than later. The QMJHL is currently reviewing the hit following a complaint from Huskies GM and head coach Andre Tourigny.
QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau has been talking recently about removing fighting from the league, but before they even consider that they need to do something to curb a much bigger problem.