At the under-18′s this year (division two), Lithuania gave up a short-handed goal to Great Britain with 32 seconds left that put GB up 3-2, which would end up being the final score of the game. That’s a frustrating way to lose.

So, naturally, a Lithuanian player whipped his stick helicopter style at a ref.

I don’t know if it was intentional or not (the “at the ref” part, I mean) – I’m leaning towards yes – but either way, that just happened. Remember kids: displays of anger and ref-blaming are key parts of the sporting culture, and it’s important to look at players like this as role models.


 (Stick-tap to Deadspin)

Comments (5)

  1. As a side note I love seeing ayers of the opposing team stand up for the ref in situations like these.

  2. I’m not sure if it was intentional, I’m leaning no but it’s hard to say.

    What I like the most is that the linesman comes flying over afterwards not to confront the guy who threw the stick, but to break up the thrower and the GB player. Takes some professionalism to stick to your job there.

    Not sure if there was any supplemental discipline, but the score sheet shows no penalty at all.

  3. Would have lost my cool and jump on the guy for sure.

  4. It’s a good thing it wasn’t the Russian fighting ref from last weeks post, a brawl would have ensued. Also, I’m sure every hometown fan would love watching this video right after a bad call in any NHL game ever.

  5. Dude meant it…had he not he would of skated to the ref right away saying “oh shit…sorry”…But he didn’t even care…dude should get sanctioned…

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