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Video: Will East hockey player pushes on-ice official

There was an incident during the Williamsville East versus Clarence boys hockey game on Saturday at Northtown Center in Amherst in which a Flames player pushed an official escorting him to the penalty box to the ice.

Clarence coach Richard Brooks said the player, who initially was receiving a minor for roughing, received a major penalty for abuse of an official and a game disqualification penalty. The Red Devils trailed 1-0 at the time of the penalties but won the game 4-1.

Section VI chairman Mark DiFilippo, who is also the athletic director at Williamsville East High School, declined comment.

Williamsville East coach Mike Torrillo referred all questions to DiFilippo. Clarence Athletic Director Greg Kaszubski said he was out of town and had not heard of the incident.

A disqualification carries with it an automatic suspension of at least one game and with potential further discipline an option.

Also, the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association has a code of ethics for all of its athletes and coaches. One of the requirements is to "to respect the integrity and judgment of the sports officials."

Here is a video of the incident via @NickLunetta on Twitter.

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