Skip to comments.Ball hockey player freaks out, puts ref on stretcher - Video
Posted on 06/10/2013 1:39:37 PM PDT by rickmichaels
In a fit of rage Saturday, a member of Canada's national men's ball hockey team sent an official to hospital.
With Canada trailing 5-1, Justin Pender chased a Czech opponent across the rink with one second left in a quarterfinal game at the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championship in Newfoundland.
Prior to the scrap, Pender is seen jawing with a Czech player during a face off.
Two officials, and the Czech goalie, tried to intervene. But Pender continued to pound on the player, hitting and tangling up others in the process.
Handheld video footage appears to show a referee in considerable pain following the dust-up. He was reportedly helped off via stretcher and transported to a local hospital.
The St. John's Telegram reported Pender, 24, was given a double match penalty for his actions.
"The ISBHF & CBHA do not condone the actions occurring late in tonight's A Pool game," event officials tweeted shortly after the incident. "We will investigate the incident & act accordingly."
A talented ice hockey player, Pender spent four years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before moving on to pro hockey for another four seasons, suiting up for four teams in the East Coast Hockey League.
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What is bull hockey...er, I mean ball hockey ?
Probably like the street hockey we used to play with a tennis ball.
Was the Canadian thug named Pender or Hanson?
Rodney Dangerfield: Sports are getting so violent. The other day I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.
So... it’s like a really, really cheap ‘pro’ sport ?
Could be worse, he could’ve played for four teams in the LNAH. If the Laval Chiefs were still around, you know they’d snap him up.
My optometrist’s assistant son is on the US team. First time I heard of it was through her.
I take that back. This is different from the game my friend’s son plays. No skates.
Scrum collapse. I hope the ref’s alright, the Czech too, though hard to see if he was a willing participant or not.
Hockey for weenies who can't skate.