The Orenberg White Tigers of the MHL, a Russian junior league, were not pleased with the officiating in back-to-back games against Ak Bars. In protest of two poorly-called games, the team simply stopped skating.
“I had complaints about the referee after the first game,” [head coach Sergei Syurdyaev] told Sovietsky Sport. “For example, he gave out minor penalties to a player who dropped his gloves during a fight. But at a minimum this is a minor penalty plus a 10 minute misconduct! He may should have been kicked out of the game altogether! I tried to influence him, but in reply he gave me some nonsense as the explanation.
“It’s not my first day in hockey and I can say that the officiating was very weak. Even though the ref was experienced.”
Trailing 6-0, the Tigers spent nearly a minute of game time literally standing around. Ak Bars scored four times during the protest, pushing the score to 10-0.
“It was evident our guys were tired of bad officiating, and wanted to draw attention to the fact that you cannot perform your duties like that. But how else to influence the ref? You cannot leave the ice because of sanctions and penalties.” said coach Syurdyaev to SovSport.
The full video is below. The protest starts at 3:54:
Read more from the coach and from referee Anton Demura over at Puck Daddy.