Everyone gets mad at officials…but one disgruntled QMJHL fan took things to more of a personal level. For himself and the official.
By William Chase
Referees and officials across all sports are prone to constant criticism from fans, players and coaches.
Even the media will be quick to rip an official over a missed call.
With today’s reactionary, up-to-the second news cycle, and social media being what it is, we’ll know as soon as possible when something happens.
Then there’s QMJHL ref Dominick Bedard, who was pelted by a beer can from a disgruntled fan—poor Bedard had the audacity of calling a penalty on the fan’s brother, Francis Perron, of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
QMJHL Rouyn-Noranda Huskies player’s brother hurls beer can, hits referee in groin after penalty call https://t.co/PHDgDYpDmb
— OurSports Central (@osctoday) February 16, 2016
A hockey player’s brother threw a beer can at a ref’s groin and OUCH (? @HockeyWebCast): https://t.co/XsyY58IsTY https://t.co/0YLWBvyQpC
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 16, 2016
Mr. Alexandre Perron, the brother who tossed the can, was promptly thrown out of the arena, and arrested. He will come before a judge May 10, and could see a possible assault charge.
Seriously, we’ve all had that moment where we want to give the official a piece of our mind, but don’t throw anything onto the playing surface, it’s just not a good idea.
This brings to mind soccer, where riots are a common occurrence, and all kinds of harmful devices have been tossed onto the field.
Also, Francis Perron, who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2014, brings to mind the humorous, yet now strongly discouraged, throwing of hamburgers onto the ice when sudden sensation Andrew Hammond, aka The Hamburgular, emerged last season.
But considering Hammond has been hampered by injuries, and only played in 13 games this season, the Senators don’t have to worry so much about burgers anymore.
They might have to watch out for Perron’s brother though, if he makes it to the NHL scene.