A teenage hockey player from Euless, Texas was caught on camera brutally attacking an opponent while using his stick as a weapon. The assault took place during a game in the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League; sponsored by the NHL’s Dallas Stars and sanctioned by USA Hockey affiliate Texas Amateur Hockey Association (TAHA).
The player involved in the violent attack was swiftly punished.
The player was given a match penalty and an indefinite ban from USA Hockey.
You can see video of the brutal assault below.
“The Texas Amateur Hockey Association and USA Hockey have worked diligently to make our sport safe and enjoyable for amateur hockey players of all ages,” TAHA President Reggie Hall submitted a statement. “This collective effort has been instrumental in the record growth in our Affiliate over the past six years. We are disturbed by the actions seen on the video from this weekend’s high school game and have taken immediate steps to suspend the offending player indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing in January.”
According to Lucas Reid, the Vice President of TAHA, the player will receive a hearing on January 8th regarding the match penalty. At that time, a committee can either decide to reinstate the player, overturn the penalty and erase it from his playing record, or extend the suspension. Reid said that in the past, some players and coaches have faced years-long suspensions for match penalties.
The good news is that immediate action was taken against the aggressor and that the victim of the attack is okay.
There is no place for anything like this in sports.