Fights breaking out on the ice during a game of hockey are a regular occurrence, but it’s much less common to hear about a referee getting involved in one (video below).
A video released Jan. 18 of a game of junior hockey in Ontario last November shows an official intervening into a brawl between several players and punching one of them to the ice, the New York Daily News reported.
The game was between the London Lakers and the Kingsville Kings. Players on both sides were ejected from the game following the fight.
But rather than stepping in to break up the violence, one of the officials joined in himself.
“His punch cut our player and knocked him down,” Lakers’ director of player personnel Ian Kennedy wrote in an email to the Daily News.
In response, the Lakers’ trainer rushed on to the ice and hit the referee. The Lakers’ trainer subsequently resigned from the team.
“The London Lakers are committed to developing respectful and hardworking young men both on and off the ice, and to promote them to a higher level of hockey,” Kennedy added.
The official has since been banned from the league for life, according to Kennedy.
In September 2015, a similar video surfaced of a Michigan high school hockey game in which a referee tried to punch a player, NESN reported. The official took a swing at a player from St. Mary’s College as he tried to pull him out of a brawl.
Two St. Mary’s teammates then attacked the referee with punches and received two-game suspensions for the incident.