Young hockey player gets life ban from league for punching official on ice: aspiring pro ‘under investigation by police after incident in Massachusetts’
- A young hockey player has been suspended by the US Premier League for life after a loser punched an umpire while challenging a challenge.
- The incident took place Sunday in Massachusetts and police are investigating, according to a USPHL statement, the player’s identity has not been established.
- A video of the altercation has surfaced on social media, showing a South Shore Kings player knocking the referee off with one devastating blow.
- One witness has since confirmed to that the guilty player was a member of the South Shore Kings, but did not name him.
- Neither South Shore Kings head coach Dave O’Donnell nor Tyler Holske responded to ‘s request to confirm the player’s identity.
The USPHL is giving players aged 17 to 20 the chance to either impress an NHL club in the hope of being drafted or help players win NCAA scholarships.
The youth hockey player has been suspended for life by the US Premier League after a loser punched an umpire during a challenge challenge during Sunday’s game in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The league did not name the player or his team in a statement, but announced the punishment, adding that the incident was being investigated by local authorities. A USPHL spokesman told that league commissioner Bob Thurow was leaving on Monday but could be contacted when he got off the flight.
A video of the altercation has surfaced on social media, showing a South Shore Kings player knocking down the referee with one punch. The Kings were scheduled to host the Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA Knights on Sunday in Foxborough.
One witness has since confirmed to that the guilty player was a member of the South Shore Kings, but did not name him.
The 20-second clip shows the Kings No. 19 getting entangled with the board judge.
The contact turned out to be accidental, at least at first. But the Kings player who may have been pushed into the referee clearly gave the referee an extra push, resulting in an immediate penalty.
It’s unclear if the player was sent into the box or kicked out of the game entirely, but he responded by rolling up to the umpire and landing an unprovoked right hook.
The referee instantly fell, but got up when his fellow referees kicked the offending player off the ice.
Turov’s statement does not say anything about the identity of the player.
“The actions taken by a USPHL player today are completely unacceptable for the USPHL,” Turov said. The USPHL has zero tolerance for any player who hits an official at any time. The actions of the player in question resulted in a lifetime ban. The incident is currently being investigated by local authorities, so the USPHL has no further comment at this time.”
Neither South Shore Kings head coach Dave O’Donnell nor Tyler Holske responded to ‘s request to confirm the player’s identity.
Police officials in Foxborough, Massachusetts were unavailable due to a federal holiday on Monday. also reached out via email to Section Chief Michael Grace and Deputy Chief Richard Noonan.
Minor hockey leagues are not affiliated with the NHL, but rather exist as an alternative to college hockey or as an alternative to NCAA hockey programs. While there are more prestigious junior leagues in Canada such as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the USPHL produced NHL players such as Jack Achel, who played for the Junior Bruins before accepting a scholarship to Boston University and then being selected first overall standings. Buffalo Sabers at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Another player, Jimmy Vesey, played for the Kings before playing at Harvard, won the NCAA’s Hobie Baker at Harvard the year after Achel, and then went on to a successful career in the NHL.
The majority of South Shore Kings players are from the United States, primarily from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and are between 17 and 20 years old.