A Colorado youth hockey player faces a municipal assault charge after an incident that happened in a recent tournament game.
The specific teams have not been identified, but according to Denver7, Mikey Keenan released that his 15-year-old son, Xander, was the player who was assaulted.
"My wife and I, we were upstairs at the Ice Ranch and watching him, just in shock," Mickey said. "I saw the few kicks, I saw the tackle. And then I, you know, threw my barstool to the side and started running down the stairs to see what was happening."
Xander was attacking towards the boards to retrieve a loose puck, but an opposing players skate got tangled up, and he tripped, landing on top of the opposing player's stick. This is when things got ugly.
The opposing player attempted to grab his stick, but pushed Xander down multiple times in the process. Xander took a hard knock to his head when colliding with the ice, and lost vision before feeling three kicks to his head.
The unidentified opposing player realized that it could have ended much worse than it did.
"I realized I probably could have killed him."
The opposing player was apparently upset about trash talking from the game, but that obviously does not warrant his actions towards Xander.
"I don't think his actions were warranted by a little bit of trash talk or me holding a stick. You're wearing two extremely sharp knives. And it has happened in the NHL — necks have been sliced open. Kicking anywhere near the head or anywhere on the body, as you see it with young kids, you quickly stop that. You know, when they're five, six, they don't know any better. When they're 13, 14, they know that it's the end of their career. If they do that. They know they're never playing again. You know, because it's just too dangerous. You can kill somebody. It's one of the few sports where we carry weapons but you're trying not to use them as weapons."
According to Colorado Amateur Hockey and USA Hockey, the player is suspended until further notice until a formal hearing can take place, but it seems likely a hefty suspension will be in place and that's if he is lucky. A life-time ban from USA Hockey could be in place. Video of the incident can be seen below.denver7.com