Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BCHL Linesman Knocked Out in Hockey Fight

They say that being a linesman in hockey is a dangerous job. Yikes! Here's the explanation from Neate Sager of Buzzing the Net. Also, the rules for fighting in junior hockey in Canada will be getting tougher. Starting in 2014-15, players that get into a fight, will receive a game misconduct and be removed from the game.
Buzzing the Net -- With 5½ minutes left in the third period, an all-out skirmish broke out along a half-wall between the Vipers and the Prince George Spruce Kings. Dumonceaux paired off with Prince George's Christian Weidauer. Linesman Ryan Dawson moved in between them to separate the players. Dumonceaux, who had his head down, tried to punch Weidauer, but instead decked Dawson, bloodying the official.

It was a mistake, but it's a very bad one that should lead to the 19-year-old Dumonceaux being suspended. Striking an official is a cardinal sin. It's an occupational hazard, but this seemed exceptionally bad.
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