A Coach In The Federal Hockey League Got Tossed For Using A Stick To Take A Hack At A Referee's Head
BarDown- The Federal Hockey League is a professional league that consists of six different teams located in Illinois (Danville Dashers), Michigan (Port Huron Prowlers), New York (Watertown Wolves), North Carolina (Carolina Thunderbirds), and Ontario (Cornwall Nationals & North Shore Knights).
This past weekend, North Carolina and Port Huron went head-to-head in a three-game series and Thunderbirds head coach Andre Niec was not pleased with the officials by the end of it all.
Niec was not pleased with how things ended and received 10 penalty minutes and a game misconduct for taking a swing at the referee with the stick...
Saaaaaa-wing and miss! Even if you pride yourself on both your devil's advocacy as well as your undying hatred for all striped disciplinarians, you simply have to agree that tossing the coach is the right move here. I mean, not only because he weaponized someone else's hockey equipment in a malicious fashion towards the person that makes the conclusive decisions on all egregious acts of violence, but because a hack that embarrassingly inaccurate absolutely has to be met with the conviction of a "YOU'RRRRE OUT!".
Whether intentionally off-target or not, eliciting nothing more than a casual duck in the opposite direction when you are at least trying to make it look like you're about to club a defenseless person top the skull might actually be more inexcusable than trying to club a defenseless person a top the skull. Either commit to the over-the-top scare tactic or - ya know - just stick to loudly bitching and moaning about a call that didn't go your way like every other hockey coach has throughout the history of puck.
And something tells me this reckless behavior isn't unchartered territory for the man-child behind the bench for the Carolina Thunderbirds. There wasn't one player, official, or security guard that appeared to be surprised by his actions, and considering the referee was one unlucky guess away from a severe concussion, that speaks volumes about his aggressor's traditional temperament. That was an "Andre being Andre"-type response to a mismanagement of anger that would make John Tortorella look like Mahatma Gandhi, so maybe it's time to get the feds to keep an a closer eye on the Federal Hockey League.