Sometimes it’s the linesmen who get the worst of an on-ice scrap. Ryan Dawson of the British Columbia Hockey league learned that the hard way.
While trying to break up a skirmish during Saturday’s tilt between the Vernon Vipers and Prince George Spruce Kings, Dawson took a haymaker right in the kisser.
Dawson got in between Vipers forward T.J. Dumonceaux and dance partner Christian Weidauer. Dumonceaux, who had his head down, took a blind shot at Weidauer but hit Dawson instead.
Dawson immediately fell to the ice as blood poured from his face.
He later tweeted that the injury required stitches.
Dumonceaux was ejected from the game after receiving a misconduct along with a game misconduct.
After the fight, the Vipers rallied to earn a 4-4 tie.
The incident occurs just over two weeks after the Canadian Junior Hockey League voted that starting next season, the BCHL and other Junior A circuits will hand out automatic game misconducts for fighting.