Turns out that in Finland, match penalties extend beyond the ice. For example, if you're a goalie and your attempt to shoot the puck away from your net in frustration happens to miss the glass and hit a spectator, you too can receive a match penalty.
That situation happened on Sunday during a game between Sweden's Frolunda Indians and Jokerit of Finland as they battled in the preseason European Trophy tournament.
Frolunda netminder and Nashville Predators 2011 second-round pick Magnus Hellberg -- playing in just his second game with the club -- allowed three goals in a five-minute span during a 7-3 loss. After the third goal, Hellberg wasn't happy with himself; he collected the puck and went to fire it off the side glass.
Problem was that the puck cleared the glass and instead hit a girl in the stands, injuring her.
Seeing this happen, Hellberg skated over and tried to offer her his stick. Hellberg told Hockey Expressen:
"I immediately went over there. Her angry boyfriend was standing there screaming at me. I told him it was an accident, the referee came over and I was not really liked after it happened. I got a game misconduct; it was only to skate off. I hope she is fine anyways."
This YouTube video from the game doesn't show Hellberg's shot, but does catch the aftermath and his ejection:
When asked if he's usually this hot-headed, Hellberg responded:
"No, absolutely not. I am a calm guy. The scout from Nashville was at the game and he said: 'Typical that it would happen to you, you are the nicest guy in the world.' It does not reflect my personality."
Stick-tap to Puck Buddy Magnus B. for the translation
- Nashville Predators