Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo picked up twelve minutes in penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct after a collision with referee Graham Skilliter.
DeAngelo ran into Skilliter late in the second period of Tuesday’s game against the San Jose Sharks, pursuing the puck in the attacking zone with his team on the power play. The Sharks were able to get to the puck first and clear the zone.
The defenseman voiced his displeasure with the contact. Skilliter warned the Canes blueliner. Still, he persisted. DeAngelo was issued a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and sent to the box.
When the period ended, DeAngelo resumed chirping the official, who tacked on a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
Carolina head coach Rod Brind’Amour was obviously not impressed by his blueliner’s behavior. Once DeAngelo returned to the bench afer serving his time, Brind’Amour kept him there. DeAngelo did not play another shift in the game.
This is not the first time a run-in with an official has cost DeAngelo.
As a member of the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 2017, DeAngelo picked up a three-game suspension for Physical Abuse of Officials when he tried to wrestle free from linesman David Brisebois during an altercation.
DeAngelo was also suspended one game by the Ontario Hockey League for abuse of officials after arguing a call when he suited up for the Sarnia Sting.
The Carolina Hurricanes won the game 6-3. Referees were Graham Skilliter (#24) and Cody Beach (#45); linesmen were Steve Barton (#59) and Brandon Gawryletz (#64).