Lacing Up Skates

Jan. 3, 1952

Hypothetically, what would happen these days if a pro hockey player belted a referee or linesman?

A year’s suspension? A lifetime suspension? A prison term?

Well, the American Hockey League announced that longtime defenseman Pat Egan, tangled with a ref in Nov., 1952, and would be back on the ice for the Rhode Island Reds after 60 days.

Egan initially received a suspension for the remainder of the season. The league decided 60 days would be enough.

From all indications, Egan was a good guy. Like most hockey players, good guys simply become a little more aggressive once they hit the ice and the competitive juices start pumping.

Egan went on to an 11-year coaching career, starting as a player-coach with the Reds in 1954-55. His teams won three Calder Cups.

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