Val d’Or Foreurs winger Peyton Hoyt has been suspended seven games by the QMJHL for a hit from behind on Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Kale MacCallum.
The incident took place when the two teams met on October 11 in Saint John.
Referee Jérémie Belliveau immediately sent Hoyt off, handing him penalties for roughing and a major plus game misconduct for checking from behind. From Rule 44:
Any player or goalkeeper charges from behind an opponent who is unable to protect or defend himself, shall be assessed a major penalty plus a game misconduct. This penalty applies anywhere on the playing surface. A major and a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed regardless of whether injury occurs if a player is knocked violently from behind into the boards or goal frame.
MacCallum was injured on the play.
From the QMJHL:
The Val-d’Or player (#7 – Peyton Hoyt) was on the forecheck and had travelled a great distance without even worrying about the puck, since he was not able to play this one with his stick. He seemed to have only one intention on the play, that of hitting his opponent violently.
Although the Sea Dogs player (#21 – Kale McCallum) changed position a few seconds before contact was made, the offending player still has the responsibility to minimize the force of the impact.
Hoyt will be eligible to return for the Foreurs’ game against the Québec Remparts on October 30.