A scary moment happened during the U16 World Selects Tournament in Budapest, Hungary.
Little Caesars AAA player Hannah Bates, playing for the West Coast Selects Team, was hit over the head by an opposing player. With Spartak Moscow trailing 2-1, 16-year-old Svetlana Starovoytova took out her frustrations on her opponent’s head.
Staroyotova had already been hit with a boarding minor less than five minutes into the first period. She finished the game — a game that was cut short for her after her ejection — with 16 minutes of penalties. She was suspended for the remainder of the tournament.
Bates somehow made it out without serious injury. While she missed the remainder of the game, she was cleared to play in the American club’s next match. She credited her helmet with the key save. “Shoutout to Warrior for making Russian proof helmets,” she tweeted. “that saved me from a concussion.”
From Select Sports:
Hannah showed true grit and toughness going on to finish the game and solidifying West Coast’s victory over Spartak in the pool play round.
Referees took the appropriate actions and LEGACY Global Sports Tournament Directors immediately suspended the Spartak player indefinitely from the event. The tournament staff also made reports to RIHF (Russia’s Governing Body for Hockey) about the incident. LEGACY runs every event with a ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ for all Major Penalties and does its best to prevent actions like this from happening.
The two teams met again a few days later in the playoffs. The rematch was mostly incident-free, with only four penalties in the game — three to the West Coast Selects and one to the Russians. The American girls took that game 4-2 to reach the tournament finals, where they went on to defeat Sweden 2-1 in a shoot out to win their third straight tournament championship in the U16 Division.
West Coast Selects 3-peat! #wsichamps
— Hannah Bates (@HannahBates08) August 3, 2014
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