Minnesota Wild winger Joel Eriksson Ek was frustrated after being called for holding then suffering an injury on an uncalled hold.

Eriksson Ek was whistled for holding 7:18 into the second period. He disagreed with the call, challenging referee Gord Dwyer.  John Klingberg was holding on to the Wild player’s stick.  Video replays appear to support with Wild forward’s assertions.

Dallas scored on the ensuing power play to extend their lead to 4-2.  Minutes later, Eriksson Ek found himself on the wrong side of a non-call.

Stars defenseman Jani Hakanpaa rode Eriksson Ek into the boards on a potential holding infraction.  There was no call on the play.


Eriksson Ek was injured on the hit. He did not return to the game.

Minnesota Wild head coach Dean Evason thought there should have been a penalty called on the play.

“[Eriksson Ek] gets a holding [penalty] and their guy is holding his stick,” Evason said.  “There’s no way Ek’s going to get into that position to get hurt if he does not get held up. He’s too big, he’s too strong. He’s going to go through that — and he gets grabbed. [The referees] talked to us that he got pushed. It just doesn’t make any sense. It’s frustrating that a guy gets hurt on a play that’s obviously an illegal play.”

Eriksson Ek currently leads the league with 21 penalties drawn; he’s also picked up 11 goals and nine assists this season.


Russo brought up a great point.  If Eriksson Ek had been penalized for his outburst, he wouldn’t have been on the ice for that hit.


No details on Eriksson Ek’s injury, nor timetable for his return.

“Doesn’t look good,” Wild coach Dean Evason said after the game. Eriksson Ek was wearing a sling as he headed to the team bus, per The Athletic’s Michael Russo.


Referees for the game were Gord Dwyer and Tom Chmeielewski. Linesmen were Jesse Marquis and Brandon Gawryletz.