It’s not in the same category as Dennis Wideman’s hit on linesman Don Henderson, but Viktor Alexandrov earned himself a five-game suspension in the KHL for purposely taking out an official’s feet after a non-call.
When it comes to abuse of officials, the KHL doesn’t mess around. Ask Viktor Alexandrov.
Alexandrov, a winger for Admiral Vladivostok, has found himself suspended for five games and fined by the KHL after throwing a grazing check on an official less than five minutes into a game over the weekend.
The play that earned Alexandrov, a third-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2004, the stiff ban occurred at the 4:43 mark of the first period of Admiral’s game against Traktor Chelyabinsk. As the 30-year-old winger cut around the net in the offensive zone, he was hauled down by Vladimir Denisov and went crashing to the ice. The play could have easily resulted in a holding or interference minor, but the officials decided to let the two teams play on. That seemingly got under Alexandrov’s skin.
As Denisov continued after the puck, Alexandrov got to his feet and made like he was chasing the puck before throwing out his hip to bump the official. The official, Evgeny Gamalei, fell to the ice, catching himself, but immediately signalled for a penalty before booting Alexandrov from the game:
Sure, that’s not Dennis Wideman levels of contact, but that’s likely the reason why the punishment was only five games for making blatant contact with an official.
And regardless of how hard Alexandrov hit Gamalei, the fact is he hit him. You can’t really argue the intent, either. Alexandrov had no reason to swing out his hip and make contact with Gamalei, he made the call and Alexandrov was sent off and subsequently suspended.
Admiral would go on to lose the contest 4-1.
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