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Video: Sharks' Demers punches official

Posted on: March 6, 2011 12:40 am
Edited on: March 7, 2011 5:29 pm
 
San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers' attempt to slug Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott instead landed on the chin of a linesman during a scuffle at HP Pavilion Saturday night. 

Demers and Ott were being separated by officials moments after Ott delivered a hard check along the boards with a few seconds left in the second period. Linesmean Brian Mach, who has officiated NHL games more than a decade, took a shot meant for Ott right on the chin. 

Demers, however, only received two minutes for roughing -- and it was Sharks went on the power play -- as Ott was given charging and roughing minors. 

Demers told The Mercury News' David Pollak that he offered an apology. 

“I wasn’t looking at him at all. I was looking through to Ott and he sort of jumped in the way,” Demers said of Mach. “But he was fine with it. That was inadvertent. Things happen in the heat of the moment. He was all right with it. I talked to him and apologized.”



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:39 pm
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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Video: Sharks' Demers punches official

Good point, Mo-Chi! 

If this had been the NBA, Demers would've gotten multiple technicals and a 19-game suspension.  Linesmen have a thankless, tough job.




Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:53 am
 

Video: Sharks' Demers punches official

Even the officials are more hardcore in hockey than in any other sport. If you accidentally brush up against an ump in baseball or football, you're looking at an automatic ejection. Heck, people used the argument for Alomar spitting on an ump to try and keep him out of the Hall of Fame. This guy takes a shot meant for someone else across the chops and just does his job, separating the players and delivering them to the sin bin.



Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2011 1:26 am
 

Video: Sharks' Demers punches official

What would have made this better is if the ref returned a slug or two.  He didn't look like he was backing down at all.



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Video: Sharks' Demers punches official

You know that a lot of players would really like to knock out a ref

 lol I dont think so



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Video: Sharks' Demers punches official

Damn. This ref is a badass. Took it on the chin and didn't miss a beat, still holding on to Demers and yelling at him to chill out. Someone give this dude pads, helmet, stick and skates. He could probably play for the Oilers.



Since: Jan 22, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Video: Sharks' Demers punches official

I bet that Demers feels great after that punch even if it did not hit ott.  You know that a lot of players would really like to knock out a ref and here he gets a chance by trying to hit a opposing players but instead hits a linesman and might get away with it unless the NHL reveiws the tape of the game and tries to suspend him or deduct pay from him for the incident.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Video: Sharks' Demers punches official

I guess sometimes you got to keep the refs in check! lol


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