Dec. 24, 2014
Antoine Vermette is in Deep Doo-Doo after hitting official with Hockey Stick (UPDATED)
There are certain things you never do in professional sports. Perhaps the biggest is "Never" make contact with the referee during a game.
Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette violated that rule Tuesday night and got ejected from his teams game vs. The Minnesota Wild after taking a swipe with his stick at an officials legs. And the move came on a face-off.
I still cannot believe an NHL player slashed an official. Intentionally. pic.twitter.com/4y8ObDEjeP— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 15, 2017
No, there was nothing accidental about the move and Vermette took himself out of the game shortly before he was tossed from it. The NHL hasn't ruled on the incident yet--but expect the punishment to be severe. NHL rules say depending on the severity of the penalty call, Vermette could sit for at least 10 and possibly more than 20 games.
For what it's worth---The Ducks won the game 1-0 over the Wild. And while he's not the "Star" of the Ducks team, Vermette has 8 goals and 14 assists on the season. His production for however long he's suspended--and he will get suspended, will hurt Anaheim who is currently 2nd in the Pacific division.
As far as we know, Vermette did not have much to say to defend himself.
THURSDAY UPDATE: Vermette got ten... from the league- he forfeits a mighty chunk of change...
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.