Ritchie and San Jose Sharks Player battling in the corner.
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Former NHL Player Faces Serious Consequences for Extreme Violent Behavior

Published December 29, 2023 at 2:54 PM
This former Toronto Maple Leaf is facing some serious punishment after a severe display of violent behaviour during a game.

Nick Ritchie Facing Likely Suspension for Cheap Shot Punches Thrown in Finnish Elite League

Even though it's only Nick Ritchie's first season out of the NHL, many will remember him as a tough 3rd or 4th liner who wasn't afraid to drop the gloves. That toughness though is what may be his downfall. He is now facing some severe punishments for taking cheapshots on his opponent during a Finnish Elite League game.

Take a look at the video below.

Nick Ritchie with a disgusting series of punches during a game in Finland.. 🇫🇮🤦🏼‍♂️

Ritchie clearly lets the anger get the best of him in the sequence, as there is no justification for throwing the punches at the unsuspecting opponent, and hitting him while he is down is the cherry on top of the cheap shot pie.

Ritchie In First Year Out of the NHL And Is Making His Odds of a Return Worse

The play is not helping Ritchie's odds of making a return to the NHL any better, as this behaviour wouldn't be tolerated by an NHL team. Ritchie played for several teams in the NHL before heading to Finland, including the Bruins, Leafs, Ducks, Coyotes, and Flames.

Through 10 games in Finland, Ritchie has recorded 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points. If he ever wants to return to the NHL, a tall order, he needs to get ahold of his anger. He was released from his PTO with the St. Louis Blues this season before going to Finland to continue playing.

As seen on Maple Leafs Daily - "Must Watch: Former Leaf in serious trouble following excessive use of violence"
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Former NHL Player Faces Serious Consequences for Extreme Violent Behavior

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