A Canadian hockey player committed a rink cardinal sin when he leveled a massive slash on the neck/head-area of an opponent, then calmly skated to the penalty box.
Make no mistake, this wasn’t a simple slash or even unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. This was a young man taking a wildly violent, Reggie Jackson-style baseball swing at the head of an opponent who had aggravated him. It was ugly, horrible, unfortunate and, in all likelihood, costly for the young man who swung with his stick.
We don’t know the full details about the players involved in this incident, but thanks to our friends at The Big Lead we do know that it involved the Ste-Agathe/Mont-Tremblant squad and an unspecified opponent from Quebec. It should be noted that the Ste Agathe/Mont-Tremblant player was the victim in this altercation, though he did spark the initial furore by tapping the opposing player in his leg with his stick.
There’s no public word yet about what punishment the swinging player will receive, but little could be too much. Everyone makes mistakes, certainly young athletes among them. No one gets to make mistakes that could cost an opponent his mobility or cause head trauma and be able to do it again.