Steven Stamkos broken stick toss leads to misconduct (Video)

Steven Stamkos broken stick toss leads to misconduct (Video)

Hockey sticks break often during games. And they can actually be pretty dangerous when they snap in half, creating a sharp, jagged edge. This is why you’re not allowed to throw them into the stands, even by accident – Steven Stamkos.

Check out the video of Stamkos tossing the snapped twig into the crowd at TD Garden:

Stamkos was given a 10-minute misconduct and couldn’t shoot in Tampa’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins. And could potentially face discipline, via TSN’s Darren Dreger, who also indicates that Mats Sundin was once suspended a game for “hurling his stick into the crowd in disgust.”

Stamkos owned up to the play after the game per the Tampa Tribune:

“I don’t know how many sticks I’ve broken in that situation this year. Then I’m obviously a little frustrated that it broke in that situation and to see it go over the glass, I knew right away it was a 10 (minute penalty),’’ Stamkos said. “It’s kind of just a little frustrating, we had an opportunity there and a couple good looks, (Nikita Kucherov) had a great look and Rask made a big save. Obviously we would have liked to score one. A tough one to swallow.’’

This is not that bad, and just seemed careless. But there’s a reason why you can’t do this.

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