A major youth hockey event in Chicago was marred by a disturbing attack from one player against another, complete with the youngster taking his hockey stick and swinging it like a baseball bat against his opponent.
The dangerous attack you see above was brought to Prep Rally's attention by The Big Lead. It showcases a player from the 1999's AAA Division Toledo Cherokee squad (Toledo, Ohio) allegedly attacking an opponent from the San Diego Junior Gulls, a fellow 1999's AAA team. The swing struck the San Diego player squarely in the neck, though the YouTube uploader responsible for the video claims the player avoided more serious injury by a slash guard that protected the teen.
After the initial stick attack, the Toledo player went on to allegedly pummel his opponent in the head while he lay crumpled on the ground. The disturbing attack has reportedly earned the Toledo player a hearing with USA Hockey, which could then mete out more serious punishment.
It goes without saying that there's no place for an attack like that in hockey or any other sport, at any level.
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