Erne apologizes for hit on Joanthan Drouin
Adam Erne sent a text message of apology to Jonathan Drouin for the from-behind hit on Friday that caused Drouin, a fellow Lightning prospect, to sustain a concussion, the French language newspaper La Presse reported.
Erne, a second-round draft pick last summer, who plays for Quebec of the junior Quebec league, was not suspended for the hit. Drouin, the No. 3 overall draft pick, plays for Halifax.
Adding more fuel to the incident is Erne is expected to play for the United States at the upcoming world junior championship. Drouin is expected to play for Canada, though that will depend on how quickly Drouin recovers from what his team described as a "minor" concussion.
"I had speed and I saw his number, but I did not hit him with the shoulder, I just pushed," Erne is quoted as saying in La Presse. "I was not trying to hurt him."
Halifax general manager Cam Russell told the Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax that he is disappointed Erne was not suspended.
“There’s one player hitting another player from behind — clearly from behind — and our player going head first into the boards, being cut under the eye, missing the rest of the game and the next game, minimum, with a concussion. And no suspension," he said.