What does the average hockey fan think of this?

I got this video from a friend in England, it happened during a match between the Sheffield Steelers and the Belfast Giants.  Here is the scoop on the play:

Steelers losing 1-0 to Giants with 43 seconds left , steelers score on a after a possible hand pass behind the net. Into o/t and steelers attack into the zone with a pass which looks offside although extensive replays are inconclusive , the clip shows from a second after the winning goal. The referee was struck and injured slightly and called a major penalty on the giants player , this was reviewed by the league and a six game suspension ( the minimum ) handed down. As you can imagine the forums have gone into meltdown , some saying it was accidental , some deliberate. Personally the act of raising a stick close to an official to show dissent should have been 20 games , never mind whether they made contact or not. You just cannot have this happening.

I viewed it as dissent towards the official , and six inches to the right could have taken his head off. Without officials whether good or bad we have no game , these are not highly paid professionals but people doing it for a love of the game , they should in all circumstances be protected from intimidation and violence. Hockey prides itself on having a code of honour in relation to the physical side of the game , in swinging a stick towards an official and making contact that player has brought shame upon himself , his organisation and the sport of ice hockey.

 

What do you think about it?  Please put a comment on the site, or vote in the poll below.

 

Thanks,

Gary

What kind of suspension do you think the Belfast player should have received for that hit on the referee
 None – just a mistake
 1 – 3 games – not as bad as it looks
 4 – 6 games – about just deserts
 7 – 10 games – make a statement
 11 – 20 games – as bad as the Dale Hunter Hit
 Out for the season – kick this guy out for the year
 Out of Hockey – this guy should never be in the sport again
  
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