Hakstol Removes Blood's Captaincy Following Post-Game Incident
CHN Staff Report
North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol has revoked senior defenseman Ben Blood’s assistant captaincy due to an altercation that occurred during the post-game handshake following Saturday night’s game against Minnesota.
“Regardless of any provocation, Ben’s actions in the post-game handshake were not acceptable,” said Hakstol. “The handshake line is a traditional, gentlemanly part of our game where, at the end of a hard-fought battle, opponents show good sportsmanship and shake hands like men.”
Blood went after Minnesota's Kyle Rau during the traditional handshake, then got into a skirmish with the Gophers' Seth Ambroz. The game had been testy all along, as if often the case when these two teams meet, and there had been a slashing incident in the third period that Blood was taking exception to. There have been similar handshake-line incidents in the recent past involving these teams.
Hakstol added that Blood will be subject to further internal team disciplinary actions.
“I’m not proud of my behavior,” said Blood. “That’s not how I want to represent our program, and that’s not how we handle ourselves here. I understand and respect the punishment, and I’ll move forward and not let my emotions get the best of me in the future.”
North Dakota forward Danny Kristo also apologized to fans via his Twitter feed Monday. Kristo was ejected from the game for a hit from behind, and then lost his cool with the officials.