THE YOUNG VICTIM OF A VIOLENT SKATE-RELATED ASSAULT HAS SPOKEN OUT

BY AARON ITOVICH
The hockey world was put into a shock a few days ago when 15-year-old Xander Keenan was assaulted by a player on the ice. The player used his skate with a clear intent to injure Keenan, and authorities are involved. Keenan has now spoken out about the event.

He was honest that he may have been a little bit of a pain during the penalty-kill, but knows that the other player took things too far.



Xander's father shared his reaction to the event with the Denver 7 News Channel:


My wife and I, we were upstairs at the Ice Ranch and watching him, just in shock. I saw the few kicks, I saw the tackle. And then I, you know, threw my barstool to the side and started running down the stairs to see what was happening.


The guilty player spoke to his town's police. Here is a summary:

According to the report, he told Littleton police he tried to skate away but couldn't because Xander was holding his leg. He said he kicked him, but Xander wouldn't let go, so he kicked him again. The juvenile told authorities Xander was still holding on, so he kicked a third time.

After that kick, the juvenile "realized, 'Oh shit,'" according to the report. The investigator "asked [the juvenile] what he meant by that and he said, 'I realized I probably could have killed him,'" the document states.


Both players involved agreed that there was some tough language shared between the two of them, but that things got out of hand.

The guilty player has a court hearing, and is charged with assault.

Source:Blade of Steel
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