The captain of the CSU hockey team, A.J. Hau, was arrested for disorderly conduct Friday after allegedly attacking a referee during the teamâ€™s trip to Simsbury, Conn., for the ACHA Division II National Tournament.
Captain Matthew Catania of the Simsbury Police Department said Hau was arrested for disorderly conduct at 6:16 p.m. He was held on a $250 bond and released later that night.
Catania said approximately six minutes into the Ramsâ€™ game against William Paterson, a referee ejected Hau from the contest. Hau then â€œtook a running start, allegedly throws a shoulder into the ref, slamming him into the boards.â€
But Hau saw it differently.
â€œI made a mistake and I realize that, but itâ€™s getting blown out of proportion,â€ Hau said Monday. â€œThe police report was wrong, it was after the game, and I approached the ref and barely bumped him with my shoulder.â€
CSU head coach Kelly Newton came to the defense of his senior captain and said Hau approached the referee to â€œgive him his thoughts,â€ and bumped the official, who barely budged after being contacted.
â€œHe was not even qualified to ref that caliber of game. This tournament was over his head,â€ Newton said. â€œYou could tell from the moment the puck dropped that (the ref) was intimidated by the game.â€
Hauâ€™s ejection marked the end of a 20-year hockey career for the Fort Collins native, who said he doesnâ€™t want to be remembered by this one incident.
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