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JC Lipon breaks brother's teeth with bodycheck
Brotherly love came in the form of a few broken teeth at Kamloops Blazers' training camp on Sunday, Aug. 25.
Mitch Lipon, 17, and elder brother JC, 20, were playing on opposing teams during a main-camp scrimmage at Interior Savings Centre.
The younger Lipon hit one of JC's teammates — "It might have been from behind," Mitch admitted — and then this happened.
"I passed the puck down deep and was going through the middle and I looked up," Mitch said. "JC's shoulder hit my face and my teeth kind of just chipped off and I was picking them up off the ground."
JC, picked by the Winnipeg Jets in the third round of the NHL draft in June, said the hit was less about retribution than it was about finishing his check.
"He was just cutting through the middle and had his head down," JC said.
"I saw him laying down. I thought he was winded, but he was picking up his teeth."
The brothers met to discuss the hit after the game ended.
"He said it was an accident," Mitch said.
"He was trying to kill me, but he wasn't trying to make me lose teeth.
"I said it was OK. It was not a big deal. Stuff happens."
Mitch seemed more worried about his mom's reaction to the situation than anything else.
"She's not going to be happy," he said.