Junior Hockey Player Who Punched Referee Baned For Life, Police Investigating
TMZ reports that the Foxborough Police Department is currently investigating an incident in which a junior hockey player punched a referee after the whistle was blown to stop the puck.
The outlet says a spokesperson confirmed that police were called to the Foxborough Sports Center at 2:22pm on Sunday after a member of the South Shore Kings team threw a right hook into a linesman's face.
Police told TMZ whether there was a "criminal element" in the situation is also being investigated, but did say they are currently interviewing witnesses.
A clip of the HockeyTV broadcast was shared to Twitter, where it went viral.
The video shows the player skate along the boards, and turn his body when he is about to make impact the linesman who didn't move.
In response, the linesman blows the whistle and ejects the player from the game. Another linesman grabs his arm to take him off of the ice, but the player turns and throws a hook at the ejecting linesman.
He follows up the punch with another strike that takes the linesman to the ice.
The South Shore Kings belong to the USPHL, who immediately issued a statement, banning the player from the league for life. The league shared the commissioner's statement on Twitter.
“The action taken today by a USPHL player is completely unacceptable in the USPHL. The USPHL has zero tolerance for any player striking any official, at any time. The player in question’s actions have led to a lifetime ban. The incident is currently being investigated by local authorities and as such the USPHL will have no further comments at this time.”
At this time, no criminal charges against the player have been filed.
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