Video shows hockey ref smack player, teammate attack ref during Michigan high school game


Video has surfaced from a northern Michigan high school hockey game this past season which shows a referee smack a player, then get jumped and punched by the player's teammate.

Watch the video below (or click here to watch), but be warned there is some explicit language and violence.


This happened back in January, according to a report from the SaultStar.com. It was a tournament game between St. Mary's College (a Canadian school) and Sault High at Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., according to the Sault Star's Mike Verdone. Two St. Mary's College players are accused of being involved in the altercation with the referee. The video shows it clearly.

The referee allegedly is shown smacking one of the St. Mary's players in the head as he worked to break up a scrum. The player's teammate immediately stepped in and went after the ref with his fists.

Although this reportedly happened months ago, the video wasn't posted to YouTube until last week on Sept. 17. It was then posted to reddit.com/r/hockey, and that's where commenters have been pointing back to the report made in January.

On Jan. 17, Verdone did a follow-up report titled "Opinions differ about video from Pullar game." He explains fallout details, including a police investigation, and what kind of discipline could be expected, and ends his article with: "Any discipline that might be meted out would be privileged information."

St. Mary's College is a high school in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Sault High School is across the river in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

A Jan. 11 report from SooToday.com, which is based on the Canadian side, said the "Sault Ste. Marie High School Hockey league is investigating the incident."

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