You don’t see this one every day.
St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube picked up a bench minor for putting the wrong starting lineup out on the ice against the Edmonton Oilers.
“That’s my fault,” Berube can been seen saying from the bench.
Rule 7.1 covers teams’ starting lineups:
Prior to the start of the game, at the request of the Referee, the Coach of the visiting team is required to name the starting line-up to the Referee or Official Scorer. Prior to the start of the game, the Manager or Coach of the home team, having been advised by the Official Scorer the names of the starting line-up of the visiting team, shall name the starting line-up of the home team. This information shall be conveyed by the Official Scorer to the Coach of the visiting team.
No change in the starting line-up of either team as given to the Official Scorer, or in the playing line-up on the ice, can be made unless reviewed and approved by the Referee prior to the start of the game.
It was up to Edmonton Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft to point out the violation, as specified in Rule 7.2:
For an infraction of this rule, a bench minor penalty shall be imposed upon the offending team.
This is an appeal play and must be brought to the Referee’s attention prior to the second face-off in the game. There is no penalty to the requesting team if their appeal is unsustained. The determining factor is the player or goalkeeper’s name, and not necessarily the player or goalkeeper’s number, must be correctly listed by the team.
The pre-game lineup showed the Blues going with forwards Josh Leivo, Brayden Schenn, and Ryan O’Reilly, with defensemen Colton Parayko and Nick Leddy. Instead of #20 Schenn, #10 Brandon Saad was on the ice.
After the first stoppage in play for an offside, Woodcroft called over the officials to point out the error.
The Blues were assessed a bench minor. Berube remained on the bench, with winger Josh Leivo heading to the box to serve the time.
Edmonton scored 32 seconds later to take a 1-0 lead.
The penalty minutes were charged to the Blues’ bench, but not to their head coach. Unfortunately for Berube, these minutes don’t get added on to his career total of 3,149 PIM. Berube is ranked seventh all-time in penalty minutes. He sits just 58 behind former Sabre Rob Ray.
The Blues cam back to win the game 4-3 in overtime. Referees were Kyle Rehman (#10) and Corey Syvret (#23), with linesmen C.J. Murray (#68) and Trent Knorr (#74).