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Alberta hockey player's bid to overturn conviction for attacking linesman rejected @NHL

CALGARY - A former junior hockey player in Alberta who was found guilty of attacking a linesman in an off-ice brawl has lost an appeal of both his conviction and sentence.

Robert Simard was convicted of assault and given 30 days in jail on weekends for beating Rory McCuaig and pounding his head into the floor after a game in Calgary. Simard's lawyer argued that the trial judge made several errors.

But Court of Queen's Bench Justice Patrick Sullivan said the assault was not a simple case of two players squaring off on the ice.

Court heard Simard was thrown out of the October 2006 match for slashing, but came out of the stands and attacked the linesman in a narrow corridor at the end of the game.

McCuaig suffered minor facial injuries.

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