Many Quebec League followers have looked forward to seeing Moncton Wildcats' forward Ivan Barbashev, but they might have to wait a while to do so.
The Russian newcomer plays a rough-and-tumble game that's a good fit for North American hockey, but took it too far with a brutal check from behind on Halifax's Austyn Hardie in the opening minute of a game on Wednesday night. Hardie turned and skated directly toward the end boards to retrieve a dump-in when he was clearly checked from behind by Barbashev, the No. 1 overall pick in the Canadian Hockey League import draft. Barbashev was ejected with a major penalty and game misconduct; there really is no way to conclude that there won't be a suspension. It's a dangerous play where nothing but the opponent's back was in his line of sight.
The QMJHL hasn't handed out anything more than a four-game suspension yet this season. Halifax defenceman Steve Gillard has not been suspended for a checking-to-the-head major on Oct. 5, but there seems to be very little gray area with something as reckless as a check from behind.
(Stick tap: Chris Phillips.)
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