Ice hockey can be a dangerous sport. Between getting checked into the boards, needing near-perfect balance and the concussion risk, players put a lot on the line whenever they step on the ice.
And in Sweden, one player’s actions on the ice and abandonment of that risk will now cost him two years of his career. In a video posted to Sports Illustrated, Viktor Thomasson of Swedish Ice Hockey Federation (SIHF) club Nacka can be seen hitting Balsta’s Tommy Latouche-Gauvin with a vicious crosscheck to the head.
Thomasson had his reasons for unleashing such a hit, as Latouche-Gauvin earlier got tangled up with Thomasson’s brother Daniel, but that doesn’t make what he did right. To give a better idea of the seriousness of the situation, criminal charges were almost filed. Miraculously, Latouche-Gauvin only walked away with a sore neck.
Thomasson has expressed his remorse over the incident but given how he was handed down the maximum punishment allowed by the SIHF, odds are greater than none that he’ll be gone for a while even if the impending appeal does fall in his favor.
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