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Situation resolved, but no word on discipline for player who pushed hockey ref

The situation has been resolved, but the punishment has not been revealed.

That's the update provided by Section VI boys hockey chairman and Williamsville East Athletic Director Mark DiFilippo regarding any potential fallout from a player pushing  a referee to the ice in a boys' hockey game last Saturday. Section VI officials met Wednesday to discuss the matter.

DiFilippo, in a text Thursday afternoon,  said the situation has been resolved. When pressed for further specifics, he declined to comment.

Section VI Executive Director Timm Slade declined to comment due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The incident happened during the second period of the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation clash between Williamsville East and Clarence.

The video, which has been viral for days, shows a Will East player being escorted to the penalty box, with a referee pulling him by his jersey several feet toward the box. The player – perhaps upset at being guided by his sweater – threw an elbow at the referee to break free prior to reaching the penalty box. The official then pushed the player with one hand in the back toward the door. The player hit the corner of the open door, turned around and shoved the referee with both hands in the chest, sending him to the ice.

The player received a major penalty and game disqualification, which carries an automatic suspension of at least one game with further discipline being an option. Williamsville East was slated to return to game action Thursday night at Northtown Center in Amherst against Bishop Timon-St. Jude.

The state's code of ethics for scholastic athletes prohibits physical contact with an official. The potential penalty for violating this rule in any sport includes a ban from all scholastic sports for a year.

Brian Panek, who assigns area officials to Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation games, declined to comment, including the possibility of the official being reprimanded for his handling of the player.

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