- June 14, 2013 - 06:16
He will not be charged as both the referee and the delegation went back home already. They'd have to stay in Canada, hire lawayer, etc. Too time consuming, too costly. According to the referee, Canadian trainer sent Pender there by purpose, to fight... And he said he was verbally attacked and spitted on by canadien players during the game and that Pender stepped on him by purpose. Great "sportmanship" on the canadian side...
- June 12, 2013 - 22:08
What emotions??? Canada were losing 5-1... He is a cowboy with a loaded gun and is highly dangerous. The charges should be filed against him in the criminal court and the czech players should take him to court and sue him for damages on top of his lifetime ban from hockey. This is not sport. What sort of example are we setting for the youngsters?
- June 12, 2013 - 09:06
Suspend him for life, and while they're at it, perhaps make anyone playing in a professional league (if the ECHL where Pender plays can actually be called professional) ineligible. According to Gortsos, they don't have these kinds of incidents in ball hockey and he makes a distinction between ball hockey and professional leagues. Let the goons stay in the professional leagues.
- Why not?
- June 12, 2013 - 08:23
“There are people on the board (of directors) who were watching" Did they see the taunting, diving and spitting????? If they know hockey, they should have done something earlier in the game.
- June 12, 2013 - 08:35
The taunting and diving shouldn't matter. I'm sure the Canadian team were saying just as much as the Czechs, and they were diving as well. Pender was the one that snapped and he needs to face the consequences.
- Why not?
- June 12, 2013 - 09:04
If Canada was taunting and diving just as much, somebody should have seen what was going to happen. Spitting is as bad as a stick to the head, from behind. I am not defending Pender. He went way too far, but it could have been prevented. Wasn't this an adult tournament???
- June 12, 2013 - 07:36
Mr. Pender's actions is by far not acceptable and if he can't accept loosing a game he should not be playing. I have played hockey for years and your emotions do run very high. Sometimes they are good or bad, But something like this should deserve a severe punishment. I would would not give him a life ban but at least a 3-5 year ban from the sport would fit. Besides what he did to the other player you have to look at what happened to the ref.
- June 12, 2013 - 08:41
Good points Todd.....though I would go the upper limit of 5 years. And you know, with the video its hard to understand why he wouldn't be charged.