If you’ve been a hockey fan for long enough, chances are you think you’ve seen it all, but we GUARANTEE you haven’t seen anything quite like this.
Florida Panthers first round pick Owen Tippett, who plays in the OHL with the Mississauga Steelheads was suspended one game for… wait for it… flipping a foam puck to a child in the crowd.
Watching closely and you can see the “incident” here:
Seems pretty harmless to me… so why the suspension?
Well, despite the fact that it was a foam puck and that Tippett was just trying to make one fan’s evening, his actions were actually in violation of league rules.
Check it out:
A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on a player who unintentionally, accidentally or intentionally throws his stick or any part thereof or any other object or piece of equipment (including the puck) outside the playing area.
If the object thrown hits the protective netting and returns to the ice surface then a Misconduct penalty is to be assessed.
Steelheads reporter Iain Colpitts reported that the league elected to hand out a one game suspension to Tippett, rather than a five (!!!) game suspension because of the light heartedness of his action:
Owen Tippett is out for Mississauga, suspended after flipping a puck up to a kid in the stands after the second period Friday.
I’m told a puck into the stands is usually a five game suspension but because Tippett flipped a foam puck, the league took that into consideration and suspended him just for today, meaning it won’t affect his status for the World Juniors. (2/2)
I mean… come on OHL brass, have you got nothing better to do with your time? This suspension is an absolute joke. We hope that Tippett plays like an absolute madman the rest of the season, just to jam it down everyone’s throat. What a joke.