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Junior hockey player arrested on ice after fight with referee

By Alex Butler   |   Updated Feb. 24, 2016 at 8:58 PM

Canadian junior hockey player gets handcuffed on the ice after wrestling and spitting on linesman.(via Hockey Web Cast)

Posted by NHL on NBC Sports on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NICOLET, Quebec, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Last year, several high school football players were disciplined after cheap shots to referees.

This year isn't off to a great start, as a Canadian junior hockey player was arrested last Sunday after fighting with a referee on the ice.

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Olivier Marcotte was handcuffed and subsequently arrested for allegedly spitting in the face of a referee, before wrestling him, according to Journal de Montreal.

The 21-year-old plays for the Junior AA Hockey-Experts out of Sherbrooke, Quebec. The sequence happened in the third period, after a heated verbal exchange with the referee. After referees subdued Marcotte, the Quebec provincial police walked out onto the ice to handcuff the hockey player.

"I thought I had seen everything in 20 years of hockey, but here, it's the first time!" opposing coach Dominic Amyot told Journal de Montreal.

Marcotte was released from custody later that night. His team lost 9-3 to Nicolet.

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