OK, I’ll ask…what should happen to this kid?
Have at it and let’s see if we can discuss it on Saturday’s show.
update on this story
March 29–KELLER, TX–
The sound was almost deafening inside the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Euless where hockey teams from Keller and Bishop Lynch battled it out in the state semi-finals. In this game there was no blood or fights.
“There is hitting and body checking, but they don’t need to be punching each other out,” said hockey mother, Beth Storm.
That was much different from the state varsity title match Sunday, where a brawl in the last few minutes of the championship game sent fists flying. All of it was captured on video and posted to YouTube.
It started after the team with the Keller Hockey Club clinched the title, Team Captain Braxton Mills came out of the spectator area to deliver a blindside hit to an Arlington Martin player, who officials say had hit Mills younger brother on the ice. The punch left the Arlington Martin player with a concussion and jaw injury.
“This is just something that can’t be tolerated in the sport,” Dallas Stars program director, Keith Andresen, said.
Andresen says he was sickened when he saw the fight break out. He says, unlike the pros, there is no room for fighting in high school.
“It does not have a place in high school hockey, because the penalties are called much tighter. It should not be a part of hockey at this age.”
Officials say six players have been punished. Two received the harshest discipline possible in the league, with a three game suspension, which could affect college scholarships.
“Our team has had no incidents this year up until the last minute of the championship game,” Keller Hockey Club president, Kevin Wicks, said.
Wicks says his team is one of the least penalized in the league. He indicated his players regret their actions.
“It is not the type of play that coaches and parents want on or off the ice and they will be disciplined.”
Even though hockey is not a UIL sanctioned sport, Keller school officials say the players involved could lose their extra-curricular activities.
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