We all know that officials can find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time, however, in this case of poor treatment of a referee, we have to blame the player...
In a game on Friday in the Kontinental Hockey League, this poor referee paid the price for trying to keep two players away from each other as he was punched in the face by Chicago Blackhawks prospect Artur Kayumov, who is in his first full KHL season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He also played for them for the past two seasons, however for a combined number of games of 24 games, in which he registered two goals and three points.
It all started when he drove Jokerit defenseman Jesper Jensen into the boards. Jokerit’s Maki Tomi wanted to defend his teammate and went after Kayumov, who ended up punching the referee that was trying to break up the scuffle.
Kayumov was tossed from the game after hitting an opponent in the head along the boards and punching the official in the face. However, the 20-year-old was way too excited about it. He was seen pumping up the crowd as he was escorted off the ice by another referee.
See the sequence of events here below:
The Russian winger was selected in the second round, 50th overall by the Blackhawks during the 2016 NHL draft with the pick from the Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen trade with the Carolina Hurricanes. Kayumov has tallied four goals and seven assists in 35 KHL games this season.
And while it sure seemed like the kid wanted to get the crowd going, it could be costly for the winger. And this wouldn't come without consequences in the National Hockey League. As a matter of fact, KHL insider Aivis Kalnins believes the Russian player could get a suspension of more than six games for this...
The Hawks could surely use a little intensity like Kayumov's right now!