Canadian Junior Hockey Player Chokes Goalie Unconscious During Fight

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Everyone loves hockey fights. Are they violent? Sure. But any time you can see dudes wailing at each other while keeping their balance on skates, it is impressive.

However, during a recent Pacific Junior Hockey League game, things went beyond punches.

The Richmond Sockeyes and the North Vancouver Wolf Pack were facing off when a scuffle broke out with minutes left in the third period, and the Sockeyes held a 5-1 lead.

While refs were breaking up the scuffle, Sockeyes defenseman Eithan Grishin put Wolf Pack goalie Evan Paul and showed off some grappling skills. Grishin locked his hands under Paul’s chin for a guillotine choke and choked the goalie unconscious.

Paul is listed as day-to-day while recovering from a “severe injury,” the Wolf Pack said in a statement.

Grishin, meanwhile, has been suspended for his actions, according to The Province. It is the 19-year-old defenseman’s third suspension of the season. He was previously suspended 13 games for a multi-fight incident in November and received a three-game suspension for a match penalty in September.

Grishin is second in the league in penalty minutes. He has five goals, 19 points, and 147 penalty minutes in 25 games this season.

Richmond holds a league-best 39-1-0-2 record.

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