Moncton Player Suspended Indefinitely for Accidentally Breaking Player's Jaw

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 19, 2013

One QMJHL player struck another in the face with his hockey stick, breaking his opponent's jaw. Yet, there is still a grand debate as to what exactly went down. 

A tip of the hat to Yahoo! Sports for providing this video of Moncton Wildcats' Ross Johnston who struck Halifax Mooseheads' Brian Lovell in the jaw. 

According to the report, not one of the four officials on the ice actually called a penalty on this play during their clash Saturday. 

Johnston, however, has been suspended indefinitely. 

What makes this peculiar is one player is caught with a broken jaw and another is being taken to task for something he claims was an accident. 

It's clear from the video that the 19-year-old player lost track of Lovell as his concentration is locked into his stick that gets jammed into the glass. 

His sole thought seems to be getting it unstuck, leading to the powerful swing and devastating smash on Lovell's face. 

As for Lovell, the report issues his surgery went well and should be out 4-6 weeks. Here is the 17-year-old's self portrait, via Twitter.

@sabrinamatteau I'm beautiful twitter.com/Bri_lovell/sta…

— Brian(@Bri_lovell) February 18, 2013

As Barry Petchesky of Deadspin offers, it's clear the young player meant no harm, but he did swing his stick wildly, something that is his clear responsibility. 

The team has 13 games left on the schedule. Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports seems to think Johnston should expect a suspension for the remainder of those games, and any post-season play. 

Hit me up on Twitter but watch the jaw. 

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