Linesman concussed, replaced by broadcaster

A linesman suffered a concussion during an Australian Ice Hockey league match and the commentator, Stephen White, had to suit up as the replacement.

A linesman suffered a concussion during an Australian Ice Hockey league match and the commentator, Stephen White, had to suit up as the replacement.

In a game between the Newcastle North Stars and Melbourne Ice, the linesman was caught with an apparent elbow to the head when Ice defender Chris “The Tank” Frank was finishing a check on North Stars forward Beau Taylor.

Watch here as the incident happens at the 0:55 mark:

The linesman suffered mild concussion and a deep laceration to an index finger in the collision.

To make matters worse, the “half-unconscious” lineman had to be stripped out of his uniform since White didn’t have one.

The outfit wasn’t snug, and White said he looked like something out of “South Central L.A.”

When asked about the experience by The Age, White had the following to say: “I suddenly got out there and realized, ‘Oh, shit, there’s 2,000 people here. I’m on TV. This is my first AIHL game ever and the home team is down 2-0!’ ”

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