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Video: Hockey Player beats Official with a hockey stick and banned for Life

From the December 1, 2016 article by Jared Clinton of The Hockey News

After arguing a penalty call, a Russian amateur player swung his stick at the head of a referee and threatened to kill him in the locker room. The player has been banned for life and the team has been disbanded by the local hockey association.

A veteran player in a Russian amateur league has played his final game, and the last action of his career was a violent stick-swinging incident that saw him strike a referee in the head.

In a shocking video that surfaced earlier this week, a game between two Russian sides got ugly after an interference penalty was called during a contest in the Buryatia Hockey Championship, a league located in Siberia. The team in blue, referred to as “Armeec,” or Soldier, protested the call almost immediately, with the player called for the minor penalty initially refusing to take his seat in the penalty box.

As the conversation at the front of the penalty box progresses, No. 6 from Soldier, identified by Championat as Sergei Petrov, began to argue the call.

Referee Nikita Tikhonov explained the incident to Championat on Thursday, saying that it started as soon as the interference call was made. From there, Petrov approached Tikhonov, pushed the referee and asked the reason for the penalty. Tikhonov then handed Petrov a penalty for contact with an official. Petrov wouldn’t sit in the penalty box despite being told to do so, and, upset with the call, he struck Tikhonov:

“The blow was aimed at the neck and head, I (blocked it with my) hand,” Tikhonov said, according to Championat. “The stick broke on my arm. The second referee who tried to stop the blow, he broke his finger.”

Tikhonov said Petrov then threatened to kill him later in the locker room.

Unsurprisingly, the Buryatia Hockey Federation has come down hard on both Petrov and his club.

According to Championat, the league has handed Petrov a lifetime ban from the federation, forbidding him to play for any other team, and the club itself has been broken up. Several other players have been suspended — five, according to Championat — for their actions leading up to Petrov’s outburst, with the remaining players allowed to sign on elsewhere if they choose to continue playing this season.

Tikhonov told Championat that Petrov has reached out following the incident and he apologized for the incident.

Breaking: Connor McDavid youngest captain in NHL history

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers named 19-year-old Connor McDavid as captain on Wednesday reported by NHL.com.

McDavid is the 15th captain in the Oilers' NHL history and the youngest in the history of the NHL (19 years, 266 days). He also captained Erie of the Ontario Hockey League and Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

Edmonton selected McDavid with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. He had 48 points (16 goals, 32 assists) in 45 games as a rookie and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy last season despite missing more than two months with a broken collarbone.

At 19 years and 266 days, McDavid surpasses Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog (19 years, 286 days) as the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog, who became captain in 2012, was 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby when the Pittsburgh Penguins named him captain on May 31, 2007.

Forwards Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were named alternates. The Oilers did not have a captain last season.



MLB Playoffs: Umpires selected for wildcard and divisional series

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

MLB's 2016 Wild Card Game and Division Series umpires are now available and posted here by umpire crew assignment. Where applicable, postseason umpires are listed by position as appearing in Game 1 of the series to which they are assigned. Umpire crew rotation for the best-of-five Division Series is clockwise in the infield and counterclockwise in the outfield, such that Game 1's home plate umpire will serve as Right Field umpire for Game Two, Left Field for Game 3, Third Base for Game 4, and Second Base for Game 5. The Replay Official does not join the on-field crew for any games of the Division Series.

AL Wild Card 'A' (American League / Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays)

HP: Gary Cederstrom -cc

1B: Ted Barrett*

2B: Eric Cooper

3B: Bill Welke

LF: David Rackley^

RF: Will Little^

NL Wild Card 'B' (National League / San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets)

HP: Mike Winters -cc

1B: Jeff Nelson*

2B: Mike Everitt

3B: Jim Wolf

LF: CB Bucknor

RF: Quinn Wolcott^

Wild Card Replay Officials (MLBAM / NY): Scott Barry and Mark Carlson

ALDS Crew A (ALWC Winner [BAL or TOR] @ Texas Rangers)

HP: Chad Fairchild

1B: Lance Barksdale

2B: Sam Holbrook

3B: Hunter Wendelstedt

LF: Joe West -cc

RF: Cory Blaser^

ALDS Crew B (Boston Red Sox @ Cleveland Indians)

HP: Brian Knight

1B: Phil Cuzzi

2B: Tony Randazzo

3B: Paul Emmel

LF: Bill Miller -cc

RF: Vic Carapazza

NLDS Crew A (NLWC Winner [SF or NYM] @ Chicago Cubs)

HP: Todd Tichenor

1B: Larry Vanover*

2B: Marvin Hudson

3B: Alan Porter

LF: John Hirschbeck -cc

RF: Mike Muchlinski^

NLDS Crew B (Los Angeles Dodgers @ Washington Nationals)

HP: Dan Bellino

1B: Tom Hallion*

2B: Chris Guccione

3B: Ron Kulpa

LF: Jeff Kellogg -cc

RF: Manny Gonzalez

Division Series Replay Officials (MLBAM): Chris Conroy, Kerwin Danley, Gerry Davis, Adrian Johnson

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