Former NHLer Andrei Kovalenko punched a referee during a men’s league game.  The referee was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Kovalenko is currently the head of the KHL Players Association.


SovSport’s Slava Malamud offers up more information and a possible defense form Kovalenko.

More to come on possible disciplinary or legal action. This can’t be looked upon favorably when the head of the players’ association knocks out an official.

Then again, it is Russia. What a country!