Cowardly. Utterly indefensible. Ugly.
Those are just some of the words being used to describe Rogle forward Andre Deveaux’s actions before a Thursday game against Vasteras in Sweden’s Hockeyallsvenskan.
While both teams were warming up before the game, Deveaux viciously attacked Vasteras defenseman Per Helmersson:
The teams were involved in a playoff series to determine who would be promoted to the Swedish Hockey League. Deveaux played Thursday night, despite what happened before the game. And he also played in Sunday’s final game of the series. Video of the incident didn't surface until afterward.
“Embarrassing, so f——— embarrassed that he played today,” Helmersson said, via Sportbladet. “He should [be] shutdown [for] the rest of the season and next season as well. He should be locked up."
"I'm sorry if it sounds horrible, but I do not care [if] their team likes me. Obviously, there is reaction from people when they lose,” Deveaux responded as Rogle won the final two games to clinch promotion.
Did Deveaux regret his actions?
“No. [Helmersson] played on. He was fine. I'll think about him while I celebrate with the team.”
Wow. That's another level of trash talk.
Once video surfaced, it was then sent to the Disciplinary Board for review. “It speaks volumes in my eyes,” said Federation tournament director Mikael Lundstrom. “This is a pure assault. There is no way on earth that this may occur and I can say without prejudging any decision."
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