In this clip, you can see what is about to happen and Belgium captain #17, Thomas Briels, is right behind the action.
Not going to lie, we’ve heavily clipped this conversation. This is an unpleasant situation in a hockey game and our discussion around it goes for over 10 minutes. It includes things like what's a red card, how Briels handles this situation as a captain and what happens for his team after this (they were down on the scoreboard but up in numbers compared to the opponent).
Even though he wanted a penalty corner, Briels rationally works through the decision from a hockey player's perspective. He sees why after this incident the right team award is a 23m restart. It's an amazing bit of work that shows the importance of having conversations with players and how to engage in them constructively.
Check out the full version of this amazing conversation with Briels here!
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