Brandon Day, a freshman hockey player for Erie Community College, has been charged with assault following a violent incident during the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game against Dakota College over the weekend.
Day was in the penalty box with under a minute remaining in the game, before he charged onto the ice and delivered a brutal check to a referee.
The hit left the referee unconscious and motionless on the ice.
After the game, Day was charged with assault and taken into custody, according to WKBW news.
Assistant Executive Director of the NJCAA Mark Krug issued the following statement:
“The NJCAA national office has been made aware of the incident that occurred during its hockey championship game and will take all necessary steps to gather as much information from tournament officials and local authorities regarding violations to the association’s sportsmanship code. This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the NJCAA.”
The game was called off following Day’s assault and Dakota College won the championship, 7-4.
The incident is still under investigation.