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WTF? Ducks Center Antoine Vermette Slashes Linesman with Stick, Gets Ejected (Video)
Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette lost his mind on Tuesday night, earning a game misconduct for the shocking abuse of an official during the Ducks’ 1-0 win over the West-leading Minnesota Wild.
The incident occurred midway through the third period. Vermette slashed linesman Shandor Alphonso on the back of the leg after a faceoff against Wild captain Mikko Koivu at 7:33. Play was halted immediately after the slash, and the officiating crew met near the penalty box to discuss the situation. Eventually Vermette was handed a 10-minute game misconduct and sent off.
The reason for the stoppage was not immediately evident to the broadcast crew. However, once they saw the replay they were absolutely dumbfounded.
Here’s a look at the bizarre situation as it unfolded:
According to official NHL rules, Abuse of an Official carries an automatic suspension of three, 10, or 20 games, depending on the nature of the offense.
ANA’s Antoine Vermette may face an automatic (pending appeal) 10-game or 3-game suspension, depending on which abuse category refs applied: pic.twitter.com/JKkePp8LsI
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 15, 2017
While there may not have been an “intent to injure” as described in Category I, Vermette’s slash was clearly not “solely for the purpose of getting free” from Alphonso as described in Category III.
Given how hard the NHL came down on Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman when he plowed into a referee last year, Vermette will probably get at least a 10-game suspension.
If he’s smart, he won’t appeal.
Hat Tip – [CBC]