When a league supervisor told HC Orli Znojmo head coach Miroslav Frycer to call any time, he probably didn’t expect to be getting a call during a game.
Kuriose Szene in der @erstebankliga: @orliznojmo-Coach Miroslav #Frycer versucht im Playoff-Spiel gegen die @viennacapitals den Supervisor anzurufen, dieser hebt jedoch nicht ab!
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Incensed about a major penalty for kneeing assessed to Patrik Novak, Frycer grabbed his phone from behind the bench and called the league supervisor, believed to be former NHL official and current EBEL Director of Hockey Operations Lyle Seitz.
“Before the game was a supervisor here and said to me, I can call him anytime, if something does not suit me,” said Frycer. “And at that moment, that did not suit me at all and that’s why I tried to reach him. I know he was there, but apparently he just talks nice and when it comes to something, he is not reachable. He just did not pick up. “
The Vienna Capitals scored on the ensuing major power play, ultimately earning a 5-2 win.
“I think I’ve seen a lot in my career, ” said Capitals head coach Dave Cameron. “But I’ve never seen a coach on the phone. “
Referees for the game were Alex Garon and Patrick Gruber. Linesmen were Matjaz Hribar and Elias Seewald.
(Translations via Google Translate, edited for clarity)