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Juraj Slafkovsky broke an NHL rule and there was a meeting

Published May 2, 2024 at 8:59 PM

A former referee has just highlighted an interesting scene that occurred at the end of the season for the Montreal Canadiens.

It's surprising that this is resurfacing, especially since it's been over two weeks since the season ended, but it's good to know for the future.

It's the young Juraj Slafkovsky, who was recently reminded in a podcast that he brilliantly circumvented an NHL rule during the penultimate game of the season.

A scene from two weeks ago involving Juraj Slafkovsky resurfaces and referees will watch out for this for the rest of the playoffs

The NHL even used the scene as an example in a small meeting to show referees that it's an illegal move. (a nice reminder for officials who are currently in the NHL playoffs)

In short, see how young Slafkovsky managed to cleverly bypass an NHL rule in his second-to-last game of the season.

Referees have been warned to watch out for this for the end of the first round of the NHL playoffs. (and for the second round)

Indeed, a move that went unnoticed at the end of the season was illegal.

It all happened when Nick Suzuki lost his stick in front of Cayden Primeau's net. Number 20, with a skillful move, managed to give the stick back to his teammate using his own. Watch how it all happened:

This move, although spectacular, was however not legal. As reported by the excellent account from the X network, Scouting The Refs, a player cannot throw a teammate's stick.

The rule 10.3 says that you cannot do this:

«A player who has lost or broken his stick may receive a replacement stick by having it handed to him from his own player's bench, by a teammate on the ice, or by picking up his own unbroken stick or that of a teammate from the ice. A player will be penalized if he throws or shoots a stick to a teammate on the ice, or if he picks up and plays with an opponent's stick. A player may not participate in the game using a goaltender's stick. A minor penalty will be imposed for any violation of this rule.»

Clearly, Slafkovsky got away with it here, as he blatantly broke the rules. The rule is in place because a play like this could be dangerous if not controlled. I can indeed very well imagine throwing the stick into the stands if I had tried it during a game!

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