Rimouski’s Daniel Hardie cost his team the game, and he didn’t even know it.
The Oceanic defeated the Chicoutimi Saguenéens 7-0 on Wednesday. After the game, that 7-0 win turned into a forfeit loss.
Hardie played despite being suspended one game for a slewfoot incident on December 18.
From the Q:
As stated in Rule 10 of the Player’s Qualifications “If a team plays with a non-qualified player [… Player who is not qualified because of an automatic suspension or a suspension imposed by the League; … ] the win and the acquired points in the standings shall be deducted and given to the opponent (maximum of two points).”
It appears, with the hectic holiday schedule both on and off the ice, the suspension was simply overlooked by the team.
Serge Beausoleil prend le blâme. Dans le tumulte des Fêtes et des transactions, le DG de l'Océanic n'a pas repensé à cette suspension.
— Mikaël Lalancette (@MLalancetteTVA) December 29, 2016
Rimouski will lose two points in the standings, with those points added to Chicoutimi’s total. All other games statistics, including goals and assists, remain unchanged. Hardie was, appropriately enough, held scoreless.