The term "hero" is often thrown around loosely, but it clearly applies to sophomore Jake Anderson, goalie for Virginia's club ice hockey team, who chugged a beer on the ice during the team's 10-1 win over VCU on Monday.
With Virginia leading 7-0 after two periods, a fan from the stands handed Anderson a beer over the glass. Anderson then proceeded to take off his mask and chug the beer right there on the ice.
Thanks to the glorious age in which we live in, we have video.
A video posted by BarstoolU (@barstoolu) on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:50am PDT
Mom and dad must be so proud.
Unfortunately, like many pioneers, Anderson's act was not fully appreciated by the officials and he was immediately issued a five-minute major penalty and was ejected.
Despite hanging on for the 10-1 win, the team's website came down pretty hard on Anderson in a recap of the game:
Jake Anderson had a shutout through two periods until he was disqualified for consuming an alcoholic beverage on the ice. This selfish act drew eerie parallels to the maturity of a middle schooler desperate for attention from his crush and led to a five minute major penalty to begin the third period, which Virginia killed off successfully.
Note the strong metaphor.
In all seriousness, obviously you don't want to see college athletes consuming alcohol during games even though the fans probably are. It undermines the legitimacy of the league and is disrespectful to the opposing team. It's also technically against the rules (props to Chris Peters of CBS for finding this), though according to Rule 601 G, Anderson should have been issued a warning rather than being ejected.
Still, you can't really fault the referees and I imagine the school will have a question or two for Anderson.
Oh, to be back in college....