Junior Hockey Player Banned for Life after Punching Ref

February 23, 2022 / Coaching
A Massachusetts junior hockey player has received a lifetime ban from the United States Premier Hockey League after he punched a referee in the face.

Video from the incident shows the Massachusetts-based South Shore Kings player shoving a referee after the official inadvertently disrupted the player bringing the puck along the far boards. The player then shoved the ref, who followed up by assessing a penalty to the South Shore Kings’ player. As a result, the player sucker-punched the referee.

The other referees jumped in to pull the player off the ice and restore order. The referee who was hit promptly jumped back onto his skates, appearing to not be seriously injured.

The action occurred during a game between the host South Shore Kings and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (PA) Knights. According to a report from PennLive.com, Paul Halloran, 20, was the player who threw the punch.

The league said the player’s actions are “unacceptable.”

“The USPHL has zero-tolerance for any player striking any official, at any time,” Commissioner Bob Turow said in a statement. “The player in question’s actions have led to a lifetime ban.”

Local police are aware of the video and the investigation is ongoing.

Junior hockey is typically played after high school but before college.

To read the full story from PennLive.com about the tussle between the junior hockey player and the referee, click here