A video featuring a young hockey player having an ultra-meltdown after being ejected from a game has gone viral this week.
Called the "funniest hockey freakout you will watch today" by Sportsgrid, the clip, posted on YouTube on Feb. 24, features 17-year-old Ryan Hutchinson, a defender for the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League, throwing an epic tantrum after being slapped with a penalty for fighting on the ice.
Buzzing The Net explains that Hutchinson had been checked from behind into the boards by Jake Evans, a member of the opposing Erie Otters squad. A scuffle ensued and Hutchinson was ejected from the game. He was the only player given a fighting major.
It was then that the young player erupted in a fit of rage. He first took a kick at Evans' discarded helmet before losing his balance and falling on the ice. Subsequently, he can be seen in the video (above) angrily throwing his own helmet on the ground and flinging a chair frighteningly close to a pair of kids as he walked to the locker room.
Hutchinson has reportedly been slapped with a two-game suspension over his angry antics.
On Thursday, netizens took to Twitter to share their reactions to the clip: (Story continues below.)
This video of an OHL player kicking a helmet and throwing a chair is pretty punk rock: ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey…
— Cam Charron (@camcharron) February 27, 2013
— Neate Sager (@neatebuzzthenet) February 27, 2013
— Nick Nicholl (@nicholl5n) February 28, 2013
Though his recent actions may have cast the young man in a negative light in the eyes of some fans, Patrick Kennedy of the Kingston Whig-Standard revealed in a profile piece about Hutchinson last year that one's first impression of the hockey player is that he's "pleasant" and "affable," among other positive characteristics.
"He's always been an independent thinker, not your average cookie-cutter type," said Jeff Hutchinson, the teen's dad, at the time.
Watch the video of Hutchinson's mighty tantrum, above.
(Hat tip, Yardbarker)