Hockey has experienced its fair share of unruly behavior lately — even more so than the usual fights and scrums.
Current and former professionals Kurtis Gabriel, Gustav Nyquist, Antoine Vermette and Andrew Peters each were punished for their acts of malice on or around the ice. Now, a college hockey player from Erie Community College in New York is in the national spotlight for the outburst that put him in jail.
Brandon Day, a freshman at Erie, was arrested and charged with assault Sunday after attacking a referee in the final moments of the NJCAA national title game.
Video of the incident shows Day charging from the penalty box and checking the ref into the ice. The official remained motionless while the other referees tried to get Day under control. The refs called off the rest of the game with 39 seconds remaining and Dakota College of Bottineau, N.D., was crowned the national champion.