Being a linesman is hard work. Most of your night is spent dropping pucks at faceoffs and watching pucks and skates cross a blue. Occasionally, you’ll get to break up a fight or two. If you’re lucky, you’ll stay out of the line of fire.
Linesman Andy McElman was not so lucky.
During a scrum between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche, punches started flying between Max Talbot and Michal Roszival. They both took swings at the same time — Talbot a left, Roszival a right. Their gloves both connected… with McElman’s chin.
When McElman went down, both players stopped swinging. No penalties were handed out on the play.