John Erskine Accidentally Punches Ref in Face (Video)


Midway through the second period, Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine had a dust-up with Dion Phaneuf after a stoppage in play. Erskine, who clearly wanted to fight, was held back by linesman Mark Shewchyk. Unfortunately for Shewchyk, a wayward Erskine fist didn’t quite reach Phaneuf’s face, landing instead on the linesman’s chin.


Dude looked like Glass Joe after taking a punch.


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  • Benjamin Esham

    Sitting in the USO at Philly waiting for a flight to Germany watching this happen and there’s people in here watching hahaha))) and I can’t explain how awkward it felt to have them look at me while I’m laughing/yelling/maybecrying when Big John nailed that guy!

  • CapsFan4403

    I didn’t realize that faces were located in chests nowadays.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    i was partial to Poppy Popinski. You guys should be too, Russian Machine!

  • Shawn Murphy

    Accidentally or ERSKINDENTALLY?

  • Topher Gee

    I instantly watch that and make the NHL 95 checking sound when the ref gets hit.

  • He caught him in the chest and part of the chin. Chin = face.

  • William Obuschking Busch

    no i think erskine said i hit the ref cuz of all the bs they been causing us lol then he knocked orr the FUCK out..

  • Rhino40

    That was funny, but Big John is damn lucky he didn’t get a gamer for that–or worse.