Nizhnekamsk Neftehimik was beaten 2-1 by Dinamo Riga in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, and one player's reputation was once again put into the spotlight during - or should we say - after the contest.
Neftehimik's goalie Ilya Ezhov who is known for sometimes being an jerk did not change his reputation. During post-game handshake, Dinamo Riga's Janis Kalnins left one of his gloves in his crease as he went to line-up with other players that had already formed a line at centre ice.
Ezhov noticed the glove laying there as players continued to shake hands, and he went straight towards it, picked it up and as he skated off the ice, tossed into the crowd.
Look in the top right corner of the video as he exits the ice:
Kalnins' glove hasn't been recovered - and will unlikely be ever worn by the goalie ever again - as one lucky fan left the game with a nice souvenir.
Although Ezkov hasn't had any disciplinary action taken against him, his team reportedly was quick enough to react and leave some money on the table, so a new glove could be designed and delivered to Latvian goalie.
Just like Sweden...
It is easy to compare this incident to the one that took place last night after Canada won 3-1 against Sweden at the World Junior Hockey championship. Swedish captain Lias Andersson was so frustrated with Sweden's second-place finish that he threw his silver medal into the crowd.
A fan caught it and that fan, wearing a Rochester Americans jersey, put the medal around his neck and showed it off to his neighbours sitting near the Swedish bench at KeyBank Centre. The fan then removed the Rochester jersey to reveal a USA hockey jersey, and then under that, a Swedish jersey. He came prepared.
"I have a silver medal from the U-18 Worlds and I haven't checked it in two years since I lost last time so I won't regret it," said Andersson after the loss.
Yeah, things get tossed a lot recently...