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Canadian Press
Nov 23, 2006, 4:04 PM EST

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. (CP) - The St. John's Fog Devils have sent forward Nicolas Bachand home to Quebec after the 20-year-old had a "verbal confrontation" with a volunteer bus driver.

Brad Dobbin, president of the second-year expansion club in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, said Thursday that Bachand had returned home to Laval "to work on personal issues. "There was a verbal confrontation between a player and one of our volunteers. That was grounds for discipline and we acted on it."

Dobbin would not discuss what took place during the confrontation but said a report that suggested Bachand had threatened the bus driver was "overblown." He said police looked into the incident and did not pursue charges.

Bachand was not suspended and the team expects him to return "at an appropriate time," Dobbin added.

"Nick is one of my favourite players. It's just in this situation, he made a bad decision."

Bachand led the Fog Devils with 28 goals in 2005-06, but injuries from a car accident in August forced him to miss the team's first 17 games this season.

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