US Junior Hockey Player Banned For Life After Punching Ref In Face (VIDEO)

Russia, Moscow, 23 March 2019 hockey match between teams Zvezda (Moscow) and Rubin (Tyumen)

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A junior hockey league player in the United States Premier Hockey League has been hit with a lifetime ban after sucker-punching a referee in the face.

A player for the South Shore Kings, identified as Paul Halloran by Yahoo Sports, was being sent to the penalty box by an official when he lost his cool.

As the 20-year-old Halloran was skating off the ice, he clocked the referee and knocked him to the ice. The USPHL issued a statement after video of the incident went viral.

“The action taken today by a USPHL player is completely unacceptable in the USPHL. The USPHL has zero tolerance for any player striking any official, at any time,” the statement read.

“The player in question’s actions have led to a lifetime ban.”

The incident is being investigated by local authorities, so the USPHL said it has no further comment at this time.

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