A developmental hockey player found himself banned from his league and could be facing criminal liability after an ugly incident took place on the ice. A member of the South Shore Kings of the developmental United States Premier Hockey League was suspended for life after punching an official during a recent game. The league took quick and decisive action against the player.
Police also responded to the incident. Officers were called to the Foxborough Sports Center at around 2:30 on Sunday after the incident occurred. Sources at the department told TMZ that they were currently interviewing the involved parties to determine if there should be criminal charges. A police spokesperson was tight lipped.
“At this time no further information will be released as it is still under investigation.”
The league’s commissioner admonished the player after the assault. The action taken by the player was called intolerable. That player will now be unable to continue to pursue his dream.
Violence against officials isn’t exclusive to higher-level leagues. A man was recently charged with punching out a ref during a youth basketball game near Seattle, Washington. It boggles the mind to think how one could be so triggered by a game.
Violence against officials has no place in sports. The USPHL was right to ban the player. Hopefully, other leagues will follow suit. It’s just not worth the risk for a game of junior developmental hockey.
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