What with the Carmelo Anthony trade, the Chauncey Billups apology and the triumphant debut of the new-look Nuggets, you may have missed one of the most memorable sports stories of the week -- the season-long suspension of Colorado Eagles assistant Greg Pankewicz for demonstrating his anger by stripping to the skin.
Let's go to the video!
Granted, Pankewicz remained in his pants -- but he heaved his shoes, coat and shirt onto the ice, earning a rest-of-the-year benching and undisclosed fines for himself and his team due to the tirade, which took place on February 19 during an Eagles-Mississippi RiverKings game. Below the clip, check out the Central Hockey League press release about the punishment, in which the CHL's commissioner makes it clear he wasn't amused.
But we predict you'll be.
Central Hockey League press release:
League Makes Ruling on Colorado Assistant Coach
Eagles Assistant Coach Suspended for Remainder of Regular Season
TEMPE, AZ -- The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced on Tuesday that Colorado Eagles Assistant Coach Greg Pankewicz has been suspended the balance of the regular season (14 games) and fined an undisclosed amount of money, for his actions on February 19 in a game versus the Mississippi RiverKings. The Eagles organization has also been fined an undisclosed amount of money.
"The Central Hockey League will not tolerate such behavior and found Mr. Pankewicz's conduct to be completely unacceptable to our member clubs, the officiating staff and our fans," said CHL Commissioner Duane Lewis.
More from our Sports archive: "Colorado Eagles' Brad MacMillan: No charges but 22-game suspension in epic hockey fight."
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