Being a linesman is rarely a glorious job. On a good night, nobody notices you. On a bad night, you blow an offside call. On a terrible night, you get knocked out trying to break up a fight. Last Saturday, BCHL Linesman Ryan Dawson had a terrible night.
The Vernon Vipers and Prince George Spruce Kings got a bit chippy after the whistle. Dawson skated over to break up a fight brewing between the Vipers’ T.J. Dumonceaux and Christian Weidauer of the Spruce Kings.
For his efforts, Dawson was rewarded with a shot to the jaw. It’s okay though. He quickly put some ice on it… or, more accurately, put himself on ice.
Dawson got patched up – the injury required stitches.
— Ryan Dawson (@daddeo87) November 10, 2013
Dumonceaux was hit with a game misconduct and a match penalty.
Like NHL referee Mike Leggo said, “You can’t do that.”