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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From haka to hockey: Love of the game in the most unlikely places on Earth

Jared Clinton
(via YouTube)

The New Zealand All Blacks made the haka part of popular culture. The traditional dance has been a fixture of the rugby squad’s games for over 100 years. Haka have been seen in basketball, soccer, and now, thanks to New Zealand’s U20 hockey team, in hockey.

Before taking on South Africa at the IIHF U20 Div. 3 tournament, being held in Dunedin, New Zealand, the New Zealanders removed their helmets and gloves, approached the red line performing the dance, while the South African squad refused to back down, staring right into the eyes of their opponents. Read more

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

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

High school hockey player dekes entire team to set up incredible goal

Jared Clinton
(via Shore Sports Zone/YouTube)

Julian Kislin was only credited with the primary assist on teammate Max Halvorsen’s goal, but he should probably get a secondary helped, and maybe a third just for good measure.

Kislin, a 15-year-old defenseman from New Jersey who plays high school hockey for Freehold Township, got the puck at center and put moves on not one, not two, not three, not four, but all five players from Middletown North. He then slid the puck over to Halvorsen, who finished the job. Read more

U.K. elite league player’s helmet-throwing, spearing meltdown results in his release

Adam Proteau
Joe Grimaldi of the Edinburgh Capitals (top right) throws his helmet at Maxime Langelier-Parent of Nottingham. (Image via http://gfycat.com/BogusCharmingFrillneckedlizard)

The days of daily lunacy on professional hockey rinks are gone. But every so often, you’ll still see a player do the indefensible in a retro-minded kind of way (back when it was defensible). And on Saturday night in Edinburgh, Scotland, an Elite Ice Hockey League game saw a vintage meltdown when Joe Grimaldi of the Edinburgh Capitals went berserk on his opponent, spearing him and throwing his helmet at him before a fistfight began. And this time, there were serious repercussions.

Grimaldi, a defenseman who spent time in the AHL and ECHL before heading to the U.K. league last season, apparently thought it was well within his rights to snap on Maxime Langelier-Parent of Nottingham, first jabbing his stick into Parent, then taking off his helmet and using it as a weapon before engaging in a fight: Read more