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Everyone knows hockey can be violent, however, on the night of February 26, the Erie Community College Kats took on the Dakota College Lumberjacks in the NJCAA’s national title championship game and things got dangerous.

After his team let in 3 straight unanswered goals, Erie College freshman defenceman, Brandon Day, decided to take out his anger on a referee after leaving the box with 39 seconds left in the game. Day leveled the referee out with a cheap shot which left the ref lying on the ice in pain, and then Day attacked him further. The game promptly ended after Day’s vicious attack, thus winning the Dakota Lumberjacks their 10th straight title.

Day has since been arrested and charged with assault, following the attack which leaves the question: are sports too dangerous and do they encourage violent behavior?

Now, before people get mad and troll in the comments section below, let’s review some facts. The other players on the Kats, though likely mad and rightfully so, did not take their anger out on the referee or any other officials. No other cheap shots or attacks were made on linesmen or referees that night besides the attack by Day.

My view on the question is that sports aren’t dangerous. It’s more the people who play them that have the potential to be dangerous. We’ve seen many examples of danger in many sports from ice hockey to baseball to American football with players biting, fighting, spitting slurs, and other dangerous actions. It’s not the sports’ fault, though.

Fighting in the NHL, for example, is technically against the rules. Depending on how bad the fight is, you can get 5 minutes in the penalty box or even a hearing by the NHL Player Safety Committee. If someone gets knocked out or seriously hurt, the player who dealt the damage is definitely to receive a suspension of at least 2 games and a large fine. If they are a repeat offender, it will likely be more.

Attacking a referee or linesman is also against the rules and can get players suspensions for 10-20 games and massive fines. In the example of Dennis Wideman, a Calgary Flames defenceman who laid a devastating hit on a linesman back in late January of last year, he received 20 games originally and then had it reduced to 10 thanks to an appeal.
So, it isn’t the sports’ fault necessarily. It’s the player’s fault for their actions and their behavior that makes it dangerous to play.

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