“There’s always an idiot in every community,” commented Gino Ojick after getting stabbed in Ouje-Bougoumou.

The Vancouver Canucks right-winger was in town for some autograph-signing and to play in a baseball tournament.

Early the morning of Monday, June 24, at 3:45 am, Ojick and a friend witnessed one of their vehicles getting its tire slashed by an O.J. resident.

They chased the individual to the baseball field, where they caught up with him as he attempted to jump a fence, according to Chief Constable George Gunner.

He pulled a knife and slashed out at his pursuers, cutting Ojick on his left side.

Rookie Constable Nelson Mianscum was quickly on the scene and got Ojick to the health clinic for treatment.

Ojick, who is from Maniwaki, was left with a cut slightly under 2 inches long and had to get stitches. He was released and is now fine.

According to one source, Ojick was saved from more serious injury by his belt, which the knife hit as he was cut.

Gunner reports that Ojick has no hard feelings toward O.J. “He commented that there’s always an idiot in every community he went to. He didn’t want to make a big thing out of it,” Gunner said.

Charged with one count of mischief and a count of assault with a weapon is Peter Simard Jr. He is being held on $5,000 bail in the Roberval detention centre.