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Crown seeks jail time for junior hockey player who assaulted linesman @NHLdotcom

CALGARY - The Crown says a former junior hockey player who came out of the stands after a game to attack a linesman should be given jail time.

Robert Simard of Calgary was convicted of assault last fall for beating linesman Rory McQuaig and pounding his head into the floor during an off-ice brawl 20 months ago. Crown lawyer Melissa Fenn says Simard should get a 30-day intermittent sentence for his "unprovoked attack" to deter other hockey players from such violence.

But Simard's lawyer Alain Hepner says the 23-year-old has already suffered enough from the notoriety of the case and wants a conditional discharge.

Hepner says his client doesn't deserve a stronger sentence, and points to several other professional hockey players that assaulted other players in recent years but didn't go to jail.

Provincial court Judge Ian Kirkpatrick will sentence Simard on July 30.

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