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Junior College Hockey Player Gets Arrested After Leaving Penalty Box and Attacking Ref (Video)
A junior college hockey player came completely unhinged during the National Junior College Athletic Association finals, leaving the penalty box with 39 seconds left in the game to attack the referee who put him there.
The player in question is Brandon Day, a freshman defenseman for the Eerie Community College Kats in Williamsville, New York. He flushed his hockey career down the toilet on Sunday night during the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game against the Dakota College Lumberjacks.
Trailing 3-0 with less than a minute to play, Day was involved in an on-ice scrum. After officials broke up the scrum, while players were standing around waiting for play to resume, Day charged out of the box and laid a vicious hit on the ref.
Take a look:
Erie Community College (NJCAA) player storms out of penalty box to level referee late in 3rd period, ending national title game pic.twitter.com/UuJYjSER3K
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After being subdued on the ice, Brandon Day was arrested by the SUNY Broome campus police and charged with assault. Officials then decided to call the game and give the championship to Dakota College.
According to Eerie County executive Mark Poloncarz, EEE President Jack Quinn has vowed that, in addition to his legal trouble, Day will also be dealt with under school policies and procedures.
NJCAA assistant executive director Mark Krug had this to say:
“The NJCAA national office has been made aware of the incident that occurred during its hockey championship game and will take all necessary steps to gather as much information from tournament officials and local authorities regarding violations to the association’s sportsmanship code. This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the NJCAA.”
Any way you cut it, things are not looking so good for Brandon Day. And rightly so.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]