U.S. National Junior Team candidate Adam Erne will not be suspended for his check from behind on Jonathan Drouin in Friday night’s game between the Quebec Remparts and Halifax Mooseheads. Drouin was concussed on the play, while Erne was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
This is according to Willy Palov of the Chronicle-Herald.
Confirmed: Adam Erne will not receive a suspension. Same for Nick Sorensen. League changed Sorensen’s match penalty to a major/game.
— Willy Palov (@CH_WillyPalov) December 7, 2013
Here’s another look at the hit.
Drouin’s concussion is not believed to be serious, but recovery times are never certain in situations like these.
I’m moderately surprised the QMJHL is shying away from supplemental discipline here. The league recently suspended Laurent Dauphin for a bad hit from behind in the Subway Super Series against Russia. That wasn’t even a league game.
Erne’s hit was from behind on a league star. The Quebec Remparts forward is incredibly lucky to have not been suspended. Had he been, it could have put his World Junior hopes in jeopardy.
With no suspension looming for Erne, his World Junior hopes remain alive and healthy. He is expected to make the final roster for Team USA, which opens its pre-tournament training camp next Sunday in Minneapolis.