Players spend most of the game trying to avoid the attention of the officials.  One KHL player went to extreme measures to get the referee’s attention in a recent game.

KHL Referee Nikolai Akuzovsky

Referee Nikolai Akuzovsky calls a game misconduct on Lukas Kaspar

Lukas Kaspar, leading scorer for HC Ugra (Хоккейный клуб Югра), was injured blocking a shot in a game against Severstal.  With Yugra unable to get control of the puck, the officials let play continue.

With his club already killing off a penalty and now further shorthanded due to his injury, Kaspar was desperate for a stoppage.

After looking at the officials, who’d yet to acknowledge his injury, Kaspar whipped his stick across the ice.  It flew right past the head of referee Nikolai Akuzovsky (#18).

Akuzovsky sure noticed that. He handed the injured Kaspar a game misconduct for the play.  Here’s the sequence, via

Referees for the game were Nikolai Akuzovsky and Rafael Kadyrov. Linesmen were Andrei Matyusha and Evgeny Petrov

(Assist to Puck Daddy for first dodging that flying stick)