A QMJHL player’s 29-year-old brother has found himself in hot water after throwing a beer can at a referee after a penalty call. Francis Perron said his brother apologized and is not proud of his actions at the Feb. 11 game.
The brother of a QMJHL player may be facing assault charges after throwing a beer can at a referee during a game last week.
Francis Perron,who is the captain of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, had his family in attendance for a Feb. 11 game against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. With six minutes remaining in the second frame, Perron was whistled for roughing, putting the Huskies down two men.
As Perron, a seventh-round pick of the Ottawa Senators, was escorted towards the penalty box by referee Dominick Bedard, a beer can came flying out of the stands and hit the referee below the belt. The impact caused Bedard to hunch over in obvious distress as he glided away from the penalty box holding his groin:
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According to Le Journal De Montreal, it was Alexandre Perron, Franics’ 29-year-old brother, who threw the can from the sixth row. Fans who saw the incident were asked to point out the offender. For his actions, Perron was reportedly arrested by police before being taken in for questioning. He was later released on promise to appear in court, with a hearing scheduled for May 10.
“I talked to my brother this morning [yesterday],” Francis told Le Journal’s Francois-David Rouleau “He apologized for his actions and is not proud…He is always there with my parents when I come in Boisbriand and has always behaved well.”
Bedard had to take a knee on the ice for a moment and was attended to by medical personnel, but he was able to finish the game. Le Journal reported Bedard was fine post-game.
Following the game, Armada vice president Mario Marois called Perron’s actions “deplorable,” adding the team has a zero tolerance policy for actions of that sort. Marois told Le Journal nothing like this has ever happened before and that Armada fans have “always been of a very high class.”
For those who can’t help but compare this moment to some of the more outrageous hockey films, you’re not alone. Huskies coach Gilles Bouchard told Le Journal said the incident reminded him of one film in particular.
“It made me think of the movie Slap Shot,” Bouchard said.