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Patrice Cormier to face criminal charges

May 11, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

Cormier.jpgPatrice Cormier, former captain of Canada’s world junior hockey team, will face criminal charges for a hit on Mikael Tam on January 25.

According to CBC Sports, Cormier will be charged with assault with intent to injure, after his hit sent Tam into convulsions on the ice. It was a brutal, highly illegal hit that landed Cormier a suspension for rest of the QMJHL season and the playoffs.

The New Jersey Devils prospect was initially supported by GM Jacques Lemaire, but was then subsequently traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade.

According to the CBC, if convicted Cormier will face up to 18 months in jail. It’s a dangerous precedent to set, but one that might prevent further illegal hits of this nature. This wasn’t just a bad boarding hit, this was a blatant elbow to the head of Tam.

  1. Bradford - May 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    I seem to remember that Cormier’s rights were dealt to the Thrashers in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade.
    However, I have to say it’s pretty surprising that he’s getting charged for this. I can’t say that this had the clear intent to injure of any other criminal hockey hits I’ve seen before (e.g. McSorely’s two-handed chop to Donald Brashear’s head; Todd Bertuzzi’s hit from behind on Steve Moore). It seemed more like a highly ill-advised and reckless hockey play.

  2. Mark - May 11, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Jacques Lemaire was the Devils coach, not the GM

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