Now we have this clip of from a recreational youth league in Dallas:
The video appeared on YouTube on Wednesday and was accompanied by this description from user CGOPartners:
Is it right that dark jersey #5 gets 10 minutes in the penalty box while white jersey #3 gets a trip to the emergency room? This is recreation (house) league hockey in Dallas. Is this part of the game or revenge by a sore loser in a 6-0 blowout? You make the call.
If this information is accurate then we are looking at the second incident of violence in youth hockey out of Texas in the past month. These types of ugly and unnecessary violent plays are, in fact, just the type of disgraceful plays that litter hockey at all levels in North America.
Dirty hits from behind and sword-like stick swinging incidents happen at a rate far too frequent in minor hockey, and the onus on deterring them has to be placed upon coaches and parents as much as it is the kids that are playing the game.
Hopefully the kid who took this hit was okay.