Referees normally try to stop hockey fights, but a ref recently tried to join a brawl.
During a Dutch hockey league game between Eindhoven and Geleen for the Larry van Wieren Cup, there was a fight in the stands which included the referee's dad, notes Sports Illustrated (video below).
EuroHockey.com translated the story originally reported by IJSHockey.com:
The father of ref Ramon Sterkens and Eindhoven back-up goalkeeper Michael Sterkens was hit that set both of them off, Ramon tried to get off the ice to help his father, while Michael climbed up onto the glass. The NIJB gave the victory to Eindhoven who was leading 5:1 at the time. Both Eindhoven and Geleen will see each other in the Finals next weekend.