BOUCHERVILLE, Que. - Alex Filiatrault of the Val d'Or Foreurs was suspended for seven games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Tuesday for a knee-on-knee hit on Anthony Duclair of the Quebec Remparts.
Filiatrault caught the 16-year-old Duclair with a knee while skating through the neutral zone during a 5-4 Foreurs' win on Saturday night. Filiatrault incurred an automatic one-game suspension and the league ruled he would serve an additional another six games
Duclair was not badly injured, but is expected to be out for more than a week with a bruised knee. It was Filiatrault's first suspension.
In a separate decision, the league also fined the Remparts $2,500 over comments made by coach Patrick Roy about the officials after a loss to Victoriaville on Jan. 4. The former star NHL goaltender said the officials were "a disgrace."
Duclair was the second Rempart felled by a knee hit this season. Danish prospect Nick Sorensen was seriously injured by a similar hit by Baie-Comeau's Jonathan Lessard in November. Lessard was suspended 15 games, and Roy was also fined $2,500 for saying before the penalties were announced that QMJHL disciplinarian Raymond Bolduc was "too nice" with offenders.
Roy was also fined $2,000 in April for saying Shawinigan general manager Martin Mondou had "a brain the size of a pea" after the Cataractes boss criticized security at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City.