Dennis Wideman cross-checked the referee, knocked him ass over teakettle and then said:
“I took a pretty good hit down in the corner and had some pretty good pain in my shoulder and neck,” Wideman said. “I was just trying to get off the ice and kind of keeled over. At the last second, I looked up and saw [Henderson] and couldn’t avoid it. I went up to Donnie and apologized to him on the ice.
“I didn’t see him. I didn’t know where to go and how to get out of the way. I’ve been around for a few years, and I think I’ve treated every official with the utmost respect, and I would never intentionally try to hit a linesman or a ref. It was completely unintentional, and I already apologized to him.”
What he should have said:
“I’m an idiot, I was angry, that was stupid, I deserve to be suspended for ___ games”
I think Sportsmanship should be an integral part of any competition. When athletes lose sight of that I have a problem with them. It’s disrespectful to the game!
Here’s a link to the game video. It doesn’t look very accidental to me (and I like Calgary).