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BOUCHERVILLE, Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gilles Courteau, today imposed a two-game suspension to Saint John Sea Dogs head coach and interim general manager Jacques Beaulieu and imposed a $1,000 fine to the organization following the request to have Sea Dogs players sign the Canadian flag and public statements and comments made in regards to Dave Bouchard, which violate the QMJHL anti-discrimination policy.

"After discussions with the Sea Dogs organization and Jacques Beaulieu, I remain convinced that Dave Bouchard was released only on the grounds of his performance on the ice," declared the Commissioner. "Nevertheless, the request from the Sea Dogs to have the players sign the flag was inappropriate and the comments made by Jacques Beaulieu in regards to Dave Bouchard violate the QMJHL anti-discrimination policy. The comments can be hurtful to the player and can be construed as a violation of his rights and consequently, of our anti-discrimination policy."

The suspension is in effect as of today. In accordance with the QMJHL policy in the matter of disciplinary sanctions, the Commissioner will not be available for further comment.
 
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