The incident occurred Nov. 23 in Rivière-du-Loup, northeast of Quebec City.

A disciplinary committee met with the teenager this week and handed down the suspension immediately.

"For us it's obviously a severe sanction but there have been precedents," said Eric Trottier, director of operations at Hockey Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches.

"The important thing is we don't have an incident in the future that is more serious and that leads to serious injury.

"Hockey is a game and, although it's an isolated incident, we want the sentence to be exemplary enough to serve as a deterrent to other young players."

The boy attacked the referee after the official had given him a 10-minute penalty.

He later visited the referee in hospital to apologize.

The teen had not played since because he was serving a suspension of several games.