Hockey Player Breaks Referee's Arm, Claims Incident Was an Accident

Published November 19, 2023 at 8:25 PM
During a game in Europe, a hockey player laid a massive hit on a referee. He claimed it was an accident, however, you be the judge based on the video below.

Hockey Player Lays Hit On Referee Leaving Him With a Broken Arm

In Sweden's 5th Tier Hockey League, a crazy incident is going viral that saw a player lay a huge hit on a referee. During the play, a forward dumps the puck into the corner. As the defenseman pivots to go after the puck, the forward stops and turns away. The defenseman mistakes the referee as the opposing player and follows through on a massive hit to the unexpecting referee.

Rare situation that resulted in nothing but an injured referee. What do we think about it?

The video doesn't do much to absolve the player from blame. While it makes some sense that the player could have believed the referee was the opponent, it seems like a bit of a stretch given how much he followed through on the hit.

Player Claims that the Hit Was an Accident And That The Ref Was in The Way All Night

After the game, the player commented on the incident and claimed that it was a complete accident and that he mistook the referee for his opponent and was already in the process of laying the hit. However, he also took the opportunity to say how the referee was in the way the entire night.

"It's the final of the series and everyone is excited out there, especially me, who likes to play physically. The referee gets in the way, as he did the whole game. I had to stop their player and then the referee got in the way. Then he had to take the hit even though it was not the intention, of course."

Vita hästen player Casper Gilberg brakes the referee's arm with a hit in the swedish 5th division.
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There was no penalty on the play, surprisingly, and there hasn't been any additional information on whether the player will be punished for the play. We hope for a speedy recovery for the referee.

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Hockey Player Breaks Referee's Arm, Claims Incident Was an Accident

Do you think the hit was on purpose?

Yes42168.9 %
No18930.9 %