Columbus defenseman Andrew Peeke broke his stick on an outlet pass. Rather than drop it, he picked up a penalty for attempting to continue to use the snapped twig.



The Blue Jackets blueliner hung on to his snapped twig, attempting to make a defensive play on the puck. That’s when referee Steve Kozari blew his whistle to stop play.

Rule 10.3 says you can’t do that:

A broken stick is one which, in the opinion of the Referee, is unfit for normal play.

A player without a stick may participate in the game. A player whose stick is broken may participate in the game provided he drops the broken stick. A minor penalty shall be imposed for an infraction of this rule.


Peeke headed to the penalty box — stopping by the bench on his way to grab a new stick.

Columbus went on to win the game 6-3.  Referees were Steve Kozari (#40) and Kelly Sutherland (#11); linesmen were David Brisebois (#96) and Michel Cormier (#76).