Southorn and head coach Guy Chouinard argued as he skated to the bench for a shift change. Southorn said he threw his gloves and hockey stick to the floor, left the bench and went to the Rocket dressing room midway through the period. “We kind of exchanged words. I kind of lost it,” Southorn told The Guardian from his Pincourt home Monday. “I got upset (and) said a few things I shouldn’t have. As a leader, I shouldn’t have done that. I think I should have stayed on the bench.” The third-year defenceman said his frustration boiled over after a difficult road trip to western Quebec, which included four games in five nights in Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or, and he and his Rocket team (7-9-0-1) struggling to play better. “Obviously they haven’t been happy with my play and I haven’t either. I think I pushed (Chouinard’s) last button,” said Southorn, who has eight points, 10 penalty minutes and has a minus-one ratio in 13 games this season.While he's been told to stay away indefinitely, the team's assistant captain sounds contrite and ready to get back to his team. Part of the maturation process is realizing your shadow as a leader. If Southorn better understands that, perhaps this ordeal can be seen as a positive down the road.
For Southorn’s part, he doesn’t harbour any bad blood, and if and when he returns, is willing to accept whatever comes his way. “I don’t hold any grudges. I’m going to apologize to Guy when I get the chance. I think he doesn’t hold any grudges either,” said Southorn, a fourth-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2008. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they took the ‘A’ off my jersey.”