There were a lot of questions earlier this week when it was announced hat Dominik Simon, who finished the season with the Anaheim Ducks, had left the World Hockey Championship and Team Czechia. Neither his coach nor Czechia's GM would say anything about it other than that it was a deeply personal matter and that Simon had left. We're now getting a much clearer picture of what happened after Simon's family released a statement to a media outlet in the Czech Republic.
"Dominik left the World Championships after a tough season due to personal and family reasons after two games with the national team," said the statement. "The nerves and emotions from his on-ice and personal life carried over off the ice when he tried to instigate a fight with a teammate."
That teammate was defenceman Filip Hronek
of the Detroit Red Wings.
"Dominik is very sorry...and apologizes to the team and the management."
"While it wasn't anything personal, unfortunately there was physical contact as well," the statement continued. "This season has been very difficult from a player's point of view after the last one was cut short due to a COVID. That is why Dominik agreed with the Czech National Team to leave the championship for personal reasons. Now he is at home resting and recovering."
Simon finished out 2021-22 with the Anaheim Ducks after starting it with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is currently a free agent. Oddly enough, Simon and Hronek are represented by the same agent. The agent (Michal Sivek) has not returned calls for comment.