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.


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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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