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Hockey Player Hospitalized After Goalie Knocked Him Out With Dirty Sucker Puck

Published February 28, 2024 at 9:25
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The goalie's reaction was way out of line, sparking controversy in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Following a clash between Leksand and Oskarshamn, Leksand goalie Mantas Armalis unleashed a sucker punch on Oskarshamn's Olli Palola, leaving him needing assistance to leave the ice.

Armalis seemed agitated about something in his crease and resorted to blindsiding Palola with a forceful punch to the head. Palola struggled to stand up after the hit and had to be helped off the ice by his teammates. Armalis was promptly ejected from the game for his actions, captured vividly on video as the punch landed squarely on Palola's nose.


The SHL's Disciplinary Committee is investigating the incident, and Armalis is likely to face a significant suspension. While goalies often face frustration with players crowding their crease, resorting to a sucker punch is unacceptable.


injuries were serious enough to require hospitalization, with a confirmed diagnosis of a concussion. His coach has condemned the incident, labeling it as an "assault."


Source: Bladeofsteel
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