Linesman's Mistake Causes Serious Knockout in Fight

BY DAWSON MCKENZIE    AUGUST 21, 2023  (6:15 PM)
The recent decision to ban fighting in the QMJHL has made waves among hockey fans and has reignited the discussion on whether or not fighting has a place in hockey. Now, a video of a serious knockout is raising the same questions.

Linesman's Serious Miscalculation



In the video below, you can see the linesman getting positioned to manage the two players preparing to fight. It is at this point that one linesman cuts through the middle of the two opposing players to try and get a better position. When this happens, one of the players throws a punch that is blocked by the intruding linesman and leads to the knockout of the other player.

Irresponsible linesman gets a player knocked out cold.




Should Fighting be in Hockey?



The incident and video are raising the question as to whether or not fighting should remain in the game of hockey. It might be too much to require linesmen to be perfect in their positioning at all times to prevent serious injury.

With the speed of the game only increasing, linesmen only have split seconds to make decisions that could result in serious injury. They can't be blamed for one slip-up, and their job of protecting players is getting increasingly difficult.

As seen on Blade of Steel - "Irresponsible linesman makes a bad decision that gets a player knocked out by a huge left hand"
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