Lithuanian Under-18 hockey player loses mind after losing game, throws stick at referee

LithuaniaThe Under-18 World Championship is taking place, with one set of round-robin games being played in Estonia. On Wednesday, Lithuania and Great Britain squared off, with the Brits coming out on top 3-2. A strange and troubling incident occurred shortly after the final horn sounded, as Lithuania’s Danielius Nomanovas wound up and whipped his stick right at one of the referees, hitting the official in the shoulder and causing him to briefly drop to one knee. One of the Great Britain players went after the stick-chucking Lithuanian, but the same ref, who moments earlier was on the receiving end of a flying hockey stick, quickly broke them up.

Now the big question: Did the Lithuanian player intentionally hit the ref? Tough to determine, but intentional or not, I don’t see how Nomanovas—even though he’s still a teen— avoids some sort of punishment for his careless, and potentially dangerous, action.

Amazingly enough, however, Nomanovas has been in the lineup for the Lithuanians’ next two games – Thursday against Croatia (link: http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/337/IHM337910_54B_1_0.pdf ) and Saturday against  Estonia (link:http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/337/IHM337915_54B_1_0.pdf ).

[SportsGrid]

 

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