In a bizarre ruling you don’t hear every day, former Chinese national team player Bingyu Lang has been given a lifetime ban by the Chinese winter sports authority.

Lang, a member of Chinese hockey league team Qiqihar, elbowed rising Chinese star Huang Peng in the face before stabbing him in the cheek with his stick. The attack would result in Peng losing three teeth and he would require 42 stitches to repair his face.

“It’s rare to impose such penalty for a player in Chinese ice hockey. This is one of the most severe penalty,” said deputy director of China Winter Sports Center Wang Zhili earlier this week.

Never known for his ability to put the puck in the net, Lang played in 35 games for the Chinese national team over his career, putting up 15 points at various Division I and II tournaments. Lang won four medals during his time with the team, including a gold medal at the 2004 Division II World Championships.

Qiqihar coach Wen Liu was also penalized, earning a one-year suspension after failing to negate the situation.

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