Outrageous pre-game North American Hockey League brawl produces multi-year bans
The Laval Predators and St-Georges Cool-FM brawled during the pre-game warmup of a LNAH match on Sunday. (YouTube screen grab)
Here we go again.
Key members of a North American Hockey League (LNAH) franchise have been suspended until the end of the 2016-17 playoffs following a hot-tempered brawl during the pre-game warmup on Sunday.
The Laval Predators, who play in the infamously fight-happy LNAH, were involved in a melee before the puck drop on a game against the St-Georges Cool-FM.
Predators co-owner Eric Lajeunesse, CEO Lucien Paquette and assistant coach Dannick Lessard all received two-season bans on Tuesday.
A total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out in the 6-3 Laval victory, according to the online game sheet.
However, only a two-minute penalty -- a minor cross-checking penalty given to Laval's Chris Cloutier -- was assigned to the time of the opening faceoff (0:00 of the first period).
Cloutier, a 31-year-old defenceman for the Predators, led all players with 21 penalty minutes. In 61 career LNAH games, Cloutier has racked up a remarkable 490 PIM.
The eight-team, Quebec-based LNAH, which is considered a "low-level professional league", is known for its outrageous behaviour, with footage of a bizarre on-ice scene going viral seemingly every other month.
Other supplemental discipline, announced on Wednesday, include:
LAVAL: Maxime Bouchard and Clint Butler (suspended for remainder of season/playoffs); Steven Oligny (7 games); Joe Rullier and Chris Cloutier (6 games); Philippe Pepin (5 games); Jonathan Oligny (4 games)
ST-GEORGES: Yannick Dallaire (3 games); Alexandre Gauthier and Jean-Michel Biron (2 games)