Referee Attacked!

February 20, 2007 by Tyler  
Filed under NHL Business

Referee ViolenceI’m all for having a little fun at the expense of an official, but this is absolutely ridiculous!
This story was found via CBC and really struck me as it happened close to my home in Northern Saskatchewan.

It is unfortunate that things like this happen, resorting to violence against an official is just plain ignorant. It is especially sad because this incident happened at a local recreational hockey tournament involving “adults”…

Police are searching for a 21-year-old man who faces several charges after a referee was viciously attacked during a hockey game near Meadow Lake on Sunday.

The incident happened on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation around 11:30 a.m. during a tournament at the local arena.

A player who had been penalized and was being ejected from the game allegedly cross-checked the 45-year-old referee across the face with a hockey stick, RCMP said.

The referee was rushed to hospital in Meadow Lake with facial injuries and was later transferred to a Saskatoon hospital for further treatment.

RCMP issued an arrest warrant on Monday for the man, who is wanted on charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and breach of recognizance.

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UPDATE: CTV News reported today that the referee underwent extensive treatment for broken teeth and a broken nose in Saskatoon.

They also happened to find a brain tumor.

The referee issued a statement saying he would like to to talk to the accused man, who is still at large. He also mentioned that the accident was a blessing, otherwise the tumor would not have been found.


3 Comments on "Referee Attacked!"

  1. bLiNdLuCk on Fri, 23rd Feb 2007 10:27 am 

    New update on this story. Apparently the Referee has dropped all charges since the incident may have saved his life.

  2. TonyH on Wed, 6th Jun 2007 10:03 am 

    This is horrible, yet amazing. You talk about the luck of some people, although I do not agree with dropping the charges, I would be all for never allowing this person to play in a tourny again.

  3. dale neudorf on Tue, 30th Nov 2010 7:26 pm 

    Yah by the way I am that referee-the charges were not dropped-the tumor is still in my brain and has remained in a unchanged state since it was discovered 4 years ago.Actually if I didnt know it was there becaues of the mri -I still wouldnt know as there has been no indication health wise that would make me think it is there.The doctors do not believe it is cancerous so at this point we are just checking it periodically.who knows how many of us are walking around with things we dont know about growing or in this case just sitting there behaving itself??

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