Former Devils prospect loses appeal of suspension

Former New Jersey Devils prospect Patrice Cormier has lost his

appeal of a suspension for the remainder of the Quebec Major Junior

Hockey League season and playoffs for a violent hit on an opposing

player.

Cormier, a 19-year-old forward selected in the second round of

the 2008 draft by New Jersey and traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in

the Ilya Kovalchuk deal earlier this month, was disciplined by the

QMJHL on Jan. 25 for elbowing Mikael Tam of the Quebec

Remparts.

The blow to the head sent Tam into convulsions on the ice and

the 18-year-old spent two days in the hospital because of brain

trauma.

Cormier appealed the penalty in a hearing before QMJHL

commissioner Gilles Courteau on Feb. 11. Courteau announced his

decision Friday.

Cormier’s team, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, can still appeal

Courteau’s ruling to an independent arbitrator.