Earlier this month we had posted a video of a hit from behind in a Dallas area minor hockey league. At the time, details on the effects of the hit were sparse – but it had come on the heels of a now infamous Texas high school hockey brawl and a double axe handle to the head stick swinging incident out of Quebec.
Here’s the hit we’re talking about:
Over the course of the last two weeks, I have been in correspondence with the father of the boy that takes the hit from behind. In turns out that this dirty play had quite an impact:
My son is the one who took the hit. I coach the team. He suffered some separated ribs. Ribs on left side separated from the carteledge in the center of his chest. He was having severe difficulty breathing immediately after impact and we called 911.
The kid was tossed from the game and issued a 5 minute major and game misconduct from the ref in the video. Normally I’d leave it at that, but the offending player, nor his parents, nor any coach from his team has ever apologized or made any contact with me.
In the days and weeks that followed the incident, the injured boy’s father took his issue to the head of the Dallas area league in search of some justice. Here is the latest information that he relayed back to us:
I have been pursuing further action with our league explaining that this was more like road rage on ice. After seeing the video, the league director issued this statement to me:
“The player has a Supplemental Disciplinary Hearing scheduled for Tues May 2nd. At that time USA Hockey will assign a suspension. In short, he’s not allowed to play hockey this Spring or Summer in our buildings. In addition, USA Hockey/TAHA will address as well.”
We’ll take some comfort in knowing that the offender will face further discipline from this minor hockey league. Still, that doesn’t negate the fact that vicious hits with the intent to hurt plague hockey at even the most grassroots level.
We wish the the best to the injured boy in his recovery, and hope that a brush with supplemental discipline will deter the offender from any future acts of violence on the ice.