A teenager in Euless, Texas, playing for the Grapevine/Colleyville Ice Hockey Association has received an indefinite suspension from USA Hockey after viciously slashing an opponent on the back.
The Grapevine/Colleyville club was taking on the Arlington/Midlothian Attack in the AT&T Metroplex High School League that is ran by the Texas Amateur Hockey Association, an affiliate of USA Hockey.
In the video, a collision behind the Arlington/Midlothian net. The Grapevine/Colleyville player gets to his feet before the Arlington/Midlothian player and two-hand chops the defenceless player on the back before dishing out the second slash in the shoulder area.
The Grapevine/Colleyville teenager was kicked out of the game after being handed a match penalty.
According to the TAHA Vice President Lucas Reid, the player will have a hearing to determine the severity of the suspension on January 8th, as per WFAA.
"The Texas Amateur Hockey Association and USA Hockey have worked diligently to make our sport safe and enjoyable for amateur hockey players of all ages. This collective effort has been instrumental in the record growth in our Affiliate over the past six years. We are disturbed by the actions seen on the video from this weekend’s high school game and have taken immediate steps to suspend the offending player indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing in January. These actions are not part of our game and have no place in our sport. Such acts are extremely rare and not representative of the players and families that participate in the thousands of games we oversee each and every season."
TAHA is a sponsored by the Dallas Stars organization.
According to WFAA, the player that received the slashes is "doing ok."