Hockey officials are saying little about an incident in the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) that left a goaltender motionless on the ice.
Evan Paul was playing his second game in net for the North Vancouver Wolf Pack when a fight broke out in the third period of his team’s Jan. 25 game against the Richmond Sockeyes at Minoru Arena.
Video of the fight shows Richmond defender Eithan Grishin on top of Paul with his arms around the goalie for nearly 20 seconds. When Grishin lets go, Paul collapses onto the ice.
A match summary states that the defender received a match penalty for a hit to the head.
In a statement released Sunday, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack said Paul suffered a “serious injury” and is recovering at home. The team declined further comment.
CBC News reached out to PJHL commissioner Trevor Alto but did not receive a response.
The Richmond Sockeyes declined to comment, calling it a “league matter” and citing a hearing that will take place “soon.”
CBC News also contacted BC Hockey and the Richmond RCMP.
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Grishin, 19, was suspended 16 games for incidents earlier this season, according to the PJHL website.
On November 16, he received a 13-game suspension – five games for harassment of an official, three games as additional discipline, two games after receiving a misconduct for being the third man in a fight, and three games as discipline additional charge for being a repeat offender.
On September 26, he was suspended three games for receiving a match penalty for cutting.
The PJHL is a Tier 2 Junior A league made up of teams from the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast.