Justin Pender, the Team Canada player who started a brawl at the end of a 2013 World Ball Hockey Championship quarterfinal that sent a referee to hospital, has apologized for his actions.
Pender, who has been suspended indefinitely as he awaits a ruling on his punishment from the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF), told the St. John’s Telegram Monday that he hopes to put the whole incident behind him.
“I just want it to blow over,” Pender told the Telegram. “I don’t want to talk about it.”
Pender took to Twitter on Monday afternoon, writing a “letter” of apology to the Czech team, the referee and his teammates.
Pender also told the Telegram he plans to get in touch with the referee who was injured, Marek Kralovic, as soon as Pender can get his contact information.
Kralovic had to be stretchered off the floor due to a knee injury.
Ian Moores, Team Canada’s assistant coach, told the newspaper that, while he believes Pender deserves to be suspended for his actions, many factors, including a display of poor sportsmanship by the Czech team after taking a 4-0 lead, led to the incident.