Cormier pleads not guilty to assault charge
Atlanta Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier has pleaded not
guilty to an assault charge stemming from an elbow thrown during a
Quebec junior hockey league game last season.
Cormier was playing for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies last January
when he dropped Quebec Remparts defenseman Mikael Tam with a blow
to the head. He was charged with assault causing injury.
Cormier wasn’t in court Monday when a lawyer entered the plea on
Cormier was suspended by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
for the remainder of his junior career and is currently at training
camp with the Thrashers, after being acquired from the New Jersey
Devils in the trade for Ilya Kovalchuk.
Tam spent a night in hospital and returned to the lineup shortly