Six Slovenian Hockey Players Celebrate A Title By Roughing Up Their Coach

Mike Posma

Yes, that headline is accurate. And yes, that headline is unlike any other headline you’ve ever read.

Just to put this in perspective, let’s all imagine that we’ve just won a title in whichever sport you desire. You and your teammates go out for some adult beverages to celebrate and to cap off the night, six of your teammates straight beat down your coach. Hard to imagine, right?

Well here’s a tale that went just this way.


Six Slovenian ice hockey players who beat up their American coach after winning a league title were released by the team Thursday.

Mike Posma, a former American Hockey League player who took over as coach last year, was beaten up by his players Saturday following Acroni Jesenice’s celebrations for winning the title. The 42-year-old New Jersey native was cut and bruised but not seriously injured.

The team denounced the incident Thursday and announced the end of the players’ contracts. Club president Slavko Kanalec said the team was “shocked” and “strongly condemns” the incident.

Slovenian media say that both the six players and Posma were drunk while celebrating the team’s third consecutive national league title.

The six players were reportedly angry at Posma because he allegedly told a 19-year-old backup goaltender to drive a car — even though he knew the man was drunk. The goaltender subsequently crashed the car.

The six then turned on the coach, reportedly beating him with wooden traffic signs that they found by the side of the road.

Looks like Posma forgot that friends don’t let friends drive drunk. But I’m sure he won’t forget again.

Team releases 6 players for beating up their coach (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

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