Michigan hockey player Steve Kampfer just got out of the hospital for an off-ice incident. After Saturday night's game against rival Michigan State, he headed right back. Here's a description of the incident from MLive blog:
"But the period also turned ugly with 53 seconds left. Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer, playing along the boards in his own zone, was checked and clothes-lined from behind by Andrew Conboy, who appeared to slam Kampfer to the ice. As Kampfer fell, MSU's Corey Tropp appeared to whack him in the neck area with his stick. Kampfer had knocked Tropp off his feet in a head-on collison in open ice moments before.
As Kampfer lay motionless face-first on the ice, a fight ensued among players, and Tropp was ejected and Conboy received two roughing penalties.
Kampfer, who returned to action less than a month ago after suffering a fractured skull and back injuries during an on-campus assault in October, was helped off the ice by teammates Chad Langlais and David Wohlberg, unable to stand up straight.
After the game, Kampfer was seen being transported via gurney to an ambulance with a brace around his neck. No further details on Kampfer were available. Berenson refused to comment, saying he didn't see the play unfold."As Bruce Ciskie from Fanhouse points out, this might all be avoided if the NCAA allowed fighting. In the pros, if someone takes issue with a hit, clean or not, there is the option to drop the gloves and settle things right there. In college, lacking such an option, players feel the need (and the right) to take things into their own hands, no matter how wrong they are.
This is no justification for the actions of Tropp and Conboy. In fact, I condemn their actions, and I hope they receive a harsh punishment for this. But if Tropp had the chance to just trade a few punches with Kampfer, and call it a day. Instead, they resorted to literally hitting a man while he was down, and Kampfer ended up right back in the hospital.
Blatant Cheapshots Mar Michigan State-Michigan Hockey Game [Fanhouse]