Linesman punched during CIS game
NICOLAS DUCHARME, QMI Agency
TROIS-RIVIERES, QUE. - A defenceman for the Nipissing University hockey team is under investigation after a video shows him punching a linesman in a weekend game.
Brett Cook, a 6-foot-1 sociology student from Orillia, Ont., can be seen punching Nicolas Piche twice in the video footage.
The images were taken during the third period of an 8-3 road loss against the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres on Saturday.
Five players were involved in a melee after a UQTR player was slashed.
Piche was trying to restrain Cook along the boards when the blueliner uncorked a solid uppercut while the linesman had his head down.
The official tumbled to the ice and held his head with one hand while continuing to clutch Cook's sweater as the player dragged him along the ice on his knees.
Lakers head coach Mike McParland defended his player after the game.
"I haven't seen (Cook's) actions," he told QMI Agency. "What I saw is that the referee hit our guy first and made him bleed. He wasn't bleeding when he came to our bench, and suddenly, he was. The linesman abused him."
Piche had not filed a complaint as of Tuesday and was not seriously injured. He declined an interview request.
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) also had no comment on the incident but league official Brian Crawford told QMI that the conference has a "no-tolerance policy for such actions."
"Sanctions could range from an official letter of apology to a lifetime ban, according to league rules," he said.
Fighting is banned in college hockey.
Cook played five years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Erie Otters and London Knights.