Swedish hockey player Viktor Thomasson was suspended the maximum, two-year length by the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation after Thomasson delivered a vicious crosscheck to the head of an opposing player.
The play shows Thomasson skating half the length of the rink (at full speed) to take out Tommy Latouche-Gauvin, who had tussled with Thomasson’s brother a few moments before.
Latouche-Gauvin suffered neck pain as a result of the blow but was not seriously injured.
Hockey Player’s Hit Earns 2-Year Ban
“[Viktor] is very remorseful,” said coach Håkan Ferm. “He has a certain style of play and it happens sometimes that it crosses the line. But he is very sorry that he might have injured another player, and that he hurt our team as well.”
As Sports Illustrated noted, Thomasson was expected to appeal the suspension.
“He knows he made a big foul, but he should still be allowed to do other things,” said team official Leif Halvorson.
He should most certainly appeal the suspension. He got off far too easy for the hit that he delivered.
This article was originally published March 20, 2016. We still can’t get over a skater actually doing this.