New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz was fired up after the St. Louis Blues’ fourth goal. He was angry at his team and desperate to call a timeout, only to fail to get the officials’ attention. When yelling didn’t work, the Isles’ bench grabbed a stick, banged it against the boards, and threw it on the ice.  You can’t do that.

Newsday’s Andrew Gross initially reported that Trotz felt referees Frederick L’Ecuyer and Steve Kozari missed a trip on Islanders center Mat Barzal that created the turnover which led to the goal. He later clarified that Trotz was mad at his team – not the officials – but that there was “at least one non-call around the third goal that did peeve him.”

The officials certainly didn’t miss this one, slapping Trotz with a bench minor penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

75.3 Bench Minor Penalty – A bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be assessed under this rule […] when a player, Coach or non-playing Club personnel throws any object onto the ice from the players’ or penalty bench (or from any other off-ice location) during the progress of the game or during a stoppage of play.

Here’s the full sequence:



Isles forward Anthony Beauvillier eventually did get his stick back, though he only managed one shot on goal in the game.

New York killed off the ensuing penalty, but couldn’t manage a comeback.  St. Louis won the game 6-1.


Referees for the game were Frederick L’Ecuyer (#17) and Steve Kozari (#40); linesmen were Tyson Baker (#88) and Jonny Murray (#95).