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Red Wings prospect Phillipe Hudon suspended for 4 games for illegal check in QMJHL

Red Wings prospect Phillipe Hudon has 2 years to prove that the undersized-by-today's-standards (at 6'1" and 205 pounds) is worth signing to an entry-level deal, an the affable young man has done his best to add a physical bite to his meat-and-potatoes grinding game, registering 7 points and 23 penalty minutes over the course of 12 games for the QMJHL's Victoriaville Tigres.

Phil made a bad decision on Friday night, receiving a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for an illegal check to the head of an opponent, and the QMJHL suspended Hudon indefinitely on Saturday.

Today, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald's Wily Pavlov reports that the Q chose to suspend Hudon for four more games.

Per the QMJHL's website:

The Director of player safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc today suspended Philippe Hudon of the Victoriaville Tigres for 4 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on October 25, against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

Here is the rational that led to the decision:

The Drummondville defenseman directed the puck along the boards to exit the zone.

The opponent at the face off level, along the boards, turned towards them and directed the puck to the neutral zone.

The player at fault:
- Being in front of the opposing net, he took 3 to 4 stides, accelerated and glided a little before hitting his opponent.

- He propelled himself upwards and his two skates were at least a foot above the ice on impact.

His opponent was in a vulnerable position, hunched forward and facing the boards.

Even though the player at fault hit his opponent on an angle, he made no effort to minimize the impact. On the contrary, he finished his check with three quarters of his force on his opponent’s back and also hit him on the head.

The opponent only suffered a minor injury on the play.

This was not the first offense for the player at fault.

The act was violent and dangerous.

The Director of Player Safety took this decision after having viewed videos of the incident, considered the officials report, spoken to the players and organizations involved and after consulting the Advisory Committee for disciplinary action.

The Q also posted a video explaining the suspension--half in French and half in English--but I can't embed it, but it's a bad, bad hit.

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