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Huberdeau receives four-game suspension he may never serve

Dec 10, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

Jonathan Huberdeau, Sebastian Feuk AP

Jonathan Huberdeau got into a little bit of hot water with the QMJHL.

The Panthers prospect was suspended for four games for his part in an altercation that saw him busted for abusing officials. Funny thing about this, however, is that he may never get to serve his punishment as Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun outlines.

You see, he just played in what may have been his final game for the St. John Sea Dogs as he’s set to take part in Team Canada’s World Junior Championships camp. It’s assumed he’ll earn a spot on the team and from there, it’s up to the NHL lockout to decide if he’ll head back to junior hockey.

Should the lockout come to an end before World Juniors is through in early January, it’s expected Huberdeau will earn a spot with the Panthers. If that happens, he won’t have any punishment to deal with. Meanwhile, he tells Fisher he’s sorry about what happened with the official.

“It was not intentional. I talked to the (linesman) after the game and he didn’t think it was my fault. But the league made a decision. That’s their job and I’m fine with that.”

  1. lordfletcher - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    I still don’t understand why Huberdeau likes get into fights when he always seems to get the worse of them, and seeing from here on out in his career, these fights will only get harder… Not bashing, I just have difficulty comprehending his thought process.

    that said. it was an accidental play. the linesman held on to Huber when clearly he was getting taunted by the opposition. He has to accept the 4 game suspension due to the fact he didn’t comply with the linesmans instructions and right or wrong, the ref got hurt.

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