Community college hockey player arrested after attacking a referee, charged with assault

  • Community college hockey player arrested after attacking a referee, charged with assault

Community college hockey player arrested after attacking a referee, charged with assault

"This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the NJCAA", said Mark Krug, the NJCAA assistant executive director. And we say that because there is absolutely ZERO explanations to describe what happened Sunday at the National Junior College National Championship game.

A box score from the game said freshman Brandon Day received a match penalty in the game's final minute for abuse of officials, and the game was called with Dakota winning 7-4. Bottineau won its 10th title in the game that marked the end of the NJCAA hockey championship.

The NJCAA hockey national champion ended in brutal fashion, with a player from Erie Community College losing his cool and viciously checking a referee which left him unconscious.

The incident took place at approximately 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, near the end of Erie's game against Dakota College at Bottineau.

Who knows what goes through the mind of an athlete during a game.

It wasn't clear what motivated Day to storm out of the penalty box. He is also facing harassment, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief charges for his on-ice actions and damage that SUNY Broome officials said he caused to a locker room after the incident.

Day was taken into custody by the SUNY Broome Police and faces assault charges, according to ABC affiliate WKBW. He will appear in the Town of Dickinson Court at 4 p.m. March 21.