(The victim's convulsions on the ice aren't pretty. You've been warned)
The victim, Mikael Tam, is in hospital following the hit with brain trauma and has lost several teeth, while the Quebec Remparts filed a criminal complaint over the hit.
Pretty damn disgusting and cowardly hit by Cormier, made all the more disappointing by the fact that he did the exact same thing in a pre-WJHC exhibition game against Sweden. And that hit was bad enough that a lot of people here in Canada called for him to be kicked off of the Canadian team. Kid has talent, but honestly, after this, I would not shed a tear if the powers that be drummed him out of hockey entirely.
Editor Update: Hat tip to Puck Daddy, Patrice Cormier has been suspended indefinitely by the QMJHL.
Late, Old News Editor Update #2: The ruling was announced today. As reported in this post by Tom Gulitti, Patrice Cormier has been suspended for the rest of Rouyn-Noranda's season - that includes the regular season and any postseason action. The deeper the Huskies go, the longer Cormier's out. Cormier is eligible to play in the AHL, but he can't transfer until Rouyn-Noranda's season ends and by then Lowell's season may be done. Moreover, the AHL would review the suspension before allowing him to play, and I'd be surprised if they allow him in at the point.
Per this follow up post by Gulitti, Lou's not considering other places for Cormier to play for this season during the suspension - which is the right thing to do. There isn't a way to circumvent the suspension, nor should it be. I think the suspension length is appropriate and I sincerely hope Cormier gets the message here. In fact, if I were Cormier, I'd try to reconcile with Mikael Tam if that is possible.