A New York high school hockey player was ejected from a game – and may miss additional time – after he shoved an official to the ice.
The incident occurred during a game between Williamsville East and Clarence in Amherst, New York. The referee’s whistle stopped play as both teams picked up roughing minors. An official was escorting a Williamsville Flames player to the penalty box when the skater objected to the hold on the back of his jersey. He twisted to get loose. When the official steered him towards the penalty box, the player threw an elbow. The official continued to guide the player, gripping the back of his pants, when his momentum carried him into the boards. That’s when the player turned around and pushed back, knocking the official to the ice.
“That’s a proud moment for a parent!” shouted someone from the crowd.
“He’s gone,” added another. “He’s gone.”
Gone indeed. While the game was played under the NFHS Rulebook, most leagues handle player-on-official contact by tossing the player.
USA Hockey Rule 601 requires an ejection on the play.
(f) A match penalty shall be assessed to any player or team official who commits the following actions:
(1) Deliberately inflicting physical harm, or attempting to do so, to any game official, including off-ice officials.
(Note) Any match penalty assessed under this rule must be reported via written game report by the officials to the USA Hockey District Referee-in-Chief within 48 hours.
(2) Deliberately injuring, or attempting to do so, any opposing player or team official.
The Buffalo News confirmed that the player’s penalty includes an ‘automatic suspension of at least one game,’ with the potential for additional disciplinary action.