Canadian goalkeeper sent to the dressing room after beating player with goal blocker

CANADIAN ice-hockey goalkeeper Mathieu Corbeil from Montreal playing for Banská Bystrica received a misconduct penalty for using hisgoal blocker as a weapon of revenge against heckling opponents.

Mathieu Corbeil Mathieu Corbeil (Source: TASR)

Corbeil played just 45 seconds when the referee stopped the match and sent him to the dressing room. He covered the puck but players from the opposing team of Košice were still trying to get it from him. The Canadian subsequently hit Košice player Michal Šeda several times with his goal blocker.

“I didn’t know that I would be kicked out for hitting an opponent,” Corbeil, who came to Banská Bystrica ice hockey team in mid February, said, as quoted by the Sme daily. “I didn’t know that there is such a rule in Europe.”

He added that such reaction is allowed in USA.

“When a player is too aggressive, the goalkeeper is allowed to defend himself,” Corbeil said, as quoted by Sme. “It was a natural reaction.” 

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