The verdict in an assault case, not to play lawyer, depends on weighing the act and the damage done.
That's what's going to make it interesting now that former Canadian world junior captain Patrice Cormier is facing a charge of assault causing injury for his elbow on Mikael Tam during a Rouyn-Noranda Huskies-Quebec Remparts game game in January.
Cormier, who missed the rest of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season due to suspension, could receive a sentence of up to 18 months.
(Here's the hit again. To be on the safe side, even though it's been four months and you likely saw it already, the footage might be disturbing to some viewers due to the graphic nature of the injury.