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I don’t know much about England’s Elite Hockey League, but after this weekend, the organization is short a player after Matt Nickerson was essentially fired by his club for punching a fan following an ejection for fighting.
Nickerson entered the ice to take part in a brawl and was quickly ejected, but while walking to the dressing room, he engaged with a fan and threw a nasty punch.
The video of the incident is pretty indisputable:
The punishment from the league was a hefty 20-game suspension, but the call to pull Nickerson’s contract was made by his own team, the Milton Keynes Lightning.
Here’s the statement from the club regarding their decision (via FTW):
Following an incident in Guildford on Sunday and the subsequent DOPS report, The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning and Matt Nickerson have parted company with immediate effect.
Ice Hockey is a family sport and it is unacceptable that at any time supporters are threatened or made to feel unsafe.
As a club we do not condone what happened and Matt has been held accountable for his actions by both the Elite League Department of Player Safety and by the club.