In any contact sport you can expect things to get a little bit rough at times, but that’s just the nature of the beast.
The one caveat to that is that there are times when people will just go too far. You see it in football all the time for example when there are people that make illegal hits and things like that.
The thing about some sports, especially amateur ones is that the people going after someone with an illegal revenge hit is that they on’t understand that while they might feel a temporary sense of satisfaction the blowback to what they have done will be much worse.
A high school hockey player in Texas has been suspended indefinitely after he struck a defenseless player multiple times with his hockey stick.
The attack happened Sunday in the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League, which is sponsored by the Dallas Stars.
The Texas Amateur Hockey League Association sponsors the league, and its vice president, Lucas Reid, called the attack “the worst thing that I’ve seen on video.”
The game featured the Arlington/Midlothian Attack vs. the Grapevine/Colleyville Ice Hockey Association.
Two players from opposing teams collided behind the goal, with the Grapevine/Colleyville player rising to his feet first.
While the Arlington/Midlothian player laid defenseless on the ice, the Grapevine/Colleyville player struck him twice on the back with his hockey stick.
A referee quickly skated over to restrain the attacker, and he also received a match penalty, which resulted in him being suspended indefinitely.
Neither player involved in the incident was identified.
Many on social media were calling for more than just a suspension: They think the attacker should be arrested and charged.
Reggie Hall, the president of TAHA, released a statement to WFAA-TV in Dallas: “The Texas Amateur Hockey Association and USA Hockey have worked diligently to make our sport safe and enjoyable for amateur hockey players of all ages. This collective effort has been instrumental in the record growth in our Affiliate over the past six years.
“We are disturbed by the actions seen on the video from this weekend’s high school game and have taken immediate steps to suspend the offending player indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing in January. These actions are not part of our game and have no place in our sport. Such acts are extremely rare and not representative of the players and families that participate in the thousands of games we oversee each and every season.”