Kasimir Kaskisuo, a goaltender for the Swedish Hockey League team Leksands IF, has been punished for throwing a water bottle at a referee during a game against HV71.
Following his team's loss after leading 2-0, Kaskisuo expressed his frustration by hurling his water bottle and hitting the referee in the back. As a result, he received a match penalty and was expelled from the game. In addition, the Swedish Hockey League has suspended him for five games and imposed a fine of 23,750 krona, which is equivalent to about $2,300 US dollars.
This disciplinary action will keep Kaskisuo out of play for the upcoming games.
The Swedish league released this official statement
All forms of improper body contact against a referee or other official must be punished with game misconduct on the ice (Rule 40.1) and reported to the disciplinary committee. The footage shows that Kasimir Kaskisuo picks up his water bottle after the final whistle and throws it at the referee, who is some distance away with his back to Kasimir Kaskisuo.
The bottle hits the referee's head. Kaskisuo shall be punished for physical abuse of officials and shall lead to a suspension in accordance with the decision above. Kaskisuo must also pay a fine in the amount stated in the decision.
The goaltender gave an explanation to what exactly led to the bottle throwing.
After an obvious too many men on the ice and/or offside in the same situation, I let in a poor goal in an important loss, and my emotions and frustration took over,» Kaskisuo said. «As an athlete on the highest level, I should handle these things in another way. In this case I didn't and for that I'm very sorry and feel embarrassed about it. I apologize to the referee, my teammates, the organization, and the fans.
Kasimir Kaskisuo, a Finnish goaltender, has played in two NHL games, one for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the other for the Nashville Predators.