A local junior ice hockey ref could be facing charges after he bodyslammed a 12-year-old child during a rough junior hockey game in Winnipeg, breaking the child's wrist in the process.
The Winnipeg minor game descended into complete and utter chaos, and looked on the cusp of turning into an outright brawl.
Then as two players fought tamely on the edge of the ice, the referee concerned tried to pull one player away and ended up lifting him off his feet and driving him into the ice.
For a 12-year-old to take that punishment from an adult is not right, regardless of whether or not it was an accident.
The referee should have been able to split the two up without resorting to using that technique, which we can only hope was a mistake.
It's understood that tensions were high throughout the game, and this moment was the peak point of the game.
In the mean-time, Winnipeg Police will be investigating whether or not to charge the referee for the incident.
“My understanding is this game included a lot of rough play,” said Winnipeg police Const. Jason Michalyshen.
“Officials were required to make a lot of different calls with respect to the conduct of players. It does appear emotions were running very high.”
The incident is narrated on camera by a horrified onlooker, and it should be warned that there is some strong language.
To view the video see above.