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апреля 2005 года.
Антон Бабчук дисквалифицирован руководством АХЛ на пять матчей.
Американская Хоккейная Лига дисквалифицировала защитника команды «Норфолк Адмиралс» Антона Бабчука на пять матчей, после того как хоккеист запустил бутылочку с водой в болельщиков, попав в лицо семилетнего мальчика. Отец ребенка подумывает возбудить против Бабчука уголовное дело.
Инцидент произошел 23 апреля, когда «Адмиралс» встречались в Филадельфии с местными «Фантомс», когда в конце третьего периода у Антона просто не осталось сил слышать потоки оскорблений от филадельфийских болельщиков.
20-летний уроженец Киева, Бабчук был выбран «Чикаго Блэкхаукс» под общим 21 номером. В 2003-04 он дебютировал в НХЛ, сделав две точные передачи в пяти матчах.
В этом сезоне по Бабчук не показал ожидаемой от него игры – в 66 матчах регулярного сезона АХЛ он набрал 24 очка (8+16), но в то же время имел жуткий показатель в минус -15.
Admirals’ Babchuk suspended by AHL
By TRIS WYKES, The Virginian-Pilot
The AHL suspended Norfolk Admirals defenseman Anton Babchuk indefinitely Monday, pending full review of an incident during his team’s Saturday playoff game in Philadelphia.
The 20-year-old Ukrainian missed Monday’s contest against the Philadelphia Phantoms at Scope, Game 3 of the teams’ best-of-seven, East Division semifinal series.
Babchuk threw a water bottle into the Wachovia Center stands with roughly seven minutes remaining in Norfolk’s 3-0 loss in Game 2.
Bill Rouse of Ridley Park, Pa., told the Delaware County Times on Sunday that the bottle struck his 7-year-old son, Billy Rouse, near the left eye and added he planned to soon meet with an attorney to decide if he would press charges.
A woman reached by the paper Monday evening at the Rouse home who identified herself as Billy Rouse’s mother said the family has retained Jerry Dugan, a partner at a Philadelphia law firm. She declined further comment.
Norfolk coach Trent Yawney, who also has a 7-year-old son, said he doesn’t expect the AHL to allow Babchuk to play again in the series. The defenseman didn’t practice Monday morning but Yawney stressed that action wasn’t a disciplinary move.
''He was in no mindset to practice and I didn’t want to compound his situation by having everyone asking him questions,’’ Yawney said, referring to media queries. ''He’s going to have to stand up like a man and answer them later, but today wasn’t the day. The best tonic for him today was for him to go home.’’
Yawney said Babchuk tried unsuccessfully to reach the Rouse family by phone Monday morning and would apologize once he managed to make contact.
AHL president Dave Andrews, attending Monday’s game on a trip scheduled before last weekend, said he expected the league to rule on Babchuk’s situation in the next three days. He added that AHL players are reminded each year in a league memo not to interact with fans during games.
''The players are constantly under some degree of verbal abuse from fans who feel they have the right to do that,’’ Andrews said. ''To some degree, I guess they do, but we’ll have to see what happened here.’’
Babchuk’s absence hurts an Admirals team already reeling from numerous injuries and another AHL suspension, a five-game ban on forward Mike Brown for an accumulation of misconducts. But Yawney said Norfolk’s weakened lineup won’t factor in how he disciplines Babchuk.
''We miss him in terms of on-ice performance but there’s a bigger fish to fry here,’’ said Yawney, who has long stressed building good character among his players. ''He’s got to learn and he’s got to pay for a lack of discipline.’’
Bill Rouse said Sunday that Babchuk was being heckled by fans sitting behind him and his son and that the defenseman twice faked throwing the bottle before actually doing so. The player was then ''pelted’’ with debris, Rouse said, acknowledging that he threw a partially full soda cup at Babchuk after his son was struck.
Yawney said he saw a cup of tobacco spittle hit one of the Admirals but he, Mac Isaac and team captain Ajay Baines said Babchuk’s offense was wrong regardless of what came from the stands and when it was hurled.
''You get in a situation like that and you don’t know what you’re doing, is I guess what happened,’’ Baines said.
''But you’ve got to be able to control yourself and take it.
“Anton feels bad about it and wishes he could take it back.’’
Yawney, who captained the 1988 Canadian Olympic team and played 12 NHL seasons, wishes Babchuk had directed his anger in another manner.
''The best way to shut opposing fans up is by going out there and scoring a goal and Anton is quite capable of doing that,’’ the coach said.
“He could have had the last laugh if he had channeled that negative energy in a positive way.’
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