Quebec senior leaguer suspended after vicious slash to opponent's head (Video)

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A Quebec senior league player’s vicious slash to the head of an opponent was captured on video over the weekend and it is brutal.

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During the second period of Friday’s Beauce Bellechasse Frontenac senior league game between the Justiciers de Saint-Joseph and the Éperviers de Bellechasse, Justiciers player René-Dave Pelchat was skating through the defensive zone when Louis-Philippe Carrier connected with a two-handed swing.

Carrier was penalized and given an automatic three-game suspension for the act, with the league issuing a statement saying that an investigation is under way and a heavier suspension could be announced.

The wild thing here is that during the game Carrier was only penalized. He wasn’t kicked out and ended up forcing overtime with a late goal. Also, Pelchat came back to the game in the third period feeling nauseous with blurred vision and a suspected concussion because, as he told the Journal de Quebec, “It is pride. I love hockey, but I might have thought about my health.”

Pelchat, who received an apology from Carrier via Facebook after the incident, was back on the ice for Game 3 of their playoff series Saturday night.

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It wasn’t clear exactly what set off Carrier and no police complaint has been filed yet.

“Certainly it is a gesture that I condemn and that I regret very much. Indeed, it does not represent the kind of player and person I am, not at all,” Carrier told the Journal.

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