ECHL team trolls Maple Leafs, will host “Toss Your Jersey” night

Jared Clinton
Nazem Kadri (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

One of the stranger stories of the NHL season is the number of times Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys have been thrown onto the ice in protest of the team’s subpar performance. So the ECHL’s Brampton Beast, being nearby and all, thought they would turn a negative into a positive.

Enter “Toss Your Jersey” night, which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 when the Beast host the Allen Americans at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ont. After Brampton scores their first goal of the game, fans have been “strongly encouraged” to throw their sweaters onto the ice, and they’re doing it for a good cause. Read more

Hockey dad loses mind, punches through glass to yell at refs

Jared Clinton
(via jmurr1988/YouTube)

This video, posted on Monday by YouTube user jmurr1988, shows a hockey parent slapping the glass following some on ice action. The parent stands up, approaches the ice, and puts his hand through the plexiglass.

There’s not much information about the video aside from what we can observe, but you can take a look for yourself and see the incident take place.

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Good on B.C. amateur league for harsh response to repellent abusive fans

Adam Proteau
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The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association released Friday an open letter warning members they’re pondering a “spectator-free weekend” of action in response to fans abusing officials and players. And it’s about time other amateur leagues across the continent followed their lead and took similarly harsh measures to address a growing problem.

Minor hockey leagues have realized for years now they have an issue on their hands: the overzealous, expectant hockey parent – the alleged “adult” who thinks it within their right to abuse teenaged referees or players, as if they had some sort of final say on a subjectively-officiated sport. VIAHA president Jim Humphrey made it clear they are ruining the game and the ability of young people to learn and grow in different roles and remain in the system: Read more

Meet Mitchell Skiba: The kid who almost decapitated himself

Ken Campbell
(via YouTube)

As the YouTube views of his epic fail approach the one million mark, Mitchell Skiba of the Alpena Flyers wants you to know he’s responsible for another pretty cool video. From the same game, no less. It hasn’t gone viral the way his near decapitation has, but hey, it’s a pretty wicked hit.

There’s a good chance by now you’ve seen the video of Skiba (pronounced SKEE-bah) from last Sunday. After being ejected from a Midwest (Mich.) Jr. A League game against the MC Monarchs for spearing, Skiba feels shame. As he leaves the ice, he smashes his stick against the boards and it wedges itself against the other side of the door just before Skiba runs into his stick neck-first. In case you haven’t, here it is:

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High school coach charged after allegedly shoving, biting referee

Jared Clinton
Taunton High School Logo

A high school coach in Massachusetts has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct following an incident in which he allegedly chest-bumped, shoved and bit a referee following his team’s 9-1 loss on Wednesday night.

According to a police report, the altercation was fuelled by an icing call that Taunton High School coach, 46-year-old William C. Kenney III, disagreed with. Kenney was released and pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf, according to a report from The Boston Globe. Read more

Watch junior player nearly decapitate himself with his own stick

Jared Clinton
(via YouTube)

Let this be a lesson: if ever you are kicked out of a hockey game, try not to overreact, because you may just end up giving yourself a WWE-style clothesline.

This clip comes from a Sunday night game in the Midwest Junior Hockey League, where Alpena Flyers forward Mitchell Skiba was ejected for a spear late in a 7-3 loss to the MC Monarchs. When Skiba goes to leave the ice, he slams his stick on the glass. Problem is, the stick gets stuck and puts him flat on his back. Ouch.

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Junior player assessed match penalty for incident with official, suspended for 365 days

Jared Clinton
Danton Ayotte (via Facebook)

Danton Ayotte, who plays for the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Murray Oil Barons, is going to be watching from the sidelines for quite some time after Hockey Alberta suspended the winger for 365 days.

The suspension comes in the wake of an incident involving a referee during the Oil Barons Dec. 6 game against the Brooks Bandits. The 19-year-old Ayotte was ejected in the first period, assessed a match penalty, and the ruling from Hockey Alberta came down yesterday. Read more