Video: Former Leaf Goalie Suspended After Hitting Ref With Water Bottle With One Hell of A Throw

Mar 5, 2023

I remember Kasimir Kaskisuo’s ill-fated game as a Maple Leaf.

He played one game and let in 6 goals in a loss with a save percentage of .842.

It looks like he’s taking it out on Refs in the Swedish Elite league, where he is (was) a backup goalie. He gave up three quick ones late in the third and lost his shit…

Officiating hockey is one of the toughest jobs in professional sports, especially when a player crosses a line, which Swedish Hockey League goaltender and former NHLer Kasimir Kaskisuo did on Thursday.

Kaskisuo, the backup netminder for Leksands IF, controlled a 2-0 lead before allowing three unanswered goals to HV71. The 29-year-old was visibly upset afterwards and took his frustrations out on one of the referees, hitting him in the back with his water bottle.

Following this inexcusable reaction, the veteran netminder received a match penalty and an ejection from the remainder of the contest. He has also been suspended five games and fined 23,750 Swedish krona — the equivalent of $2,300 USD.

Kaskisuo will be forced to sit out Leksands’ final three regular-season games and its first two playoff matchups. But given that he is the club’s No. 2 goaltender, he may have already played his last contest of 2022-23.

The SHL handed down its ruling on Friday, describing Kaskisuo’s actions as “fully deliberate and inappropriate.” The league’s disciplinary committee also issued a statement, explaining its ruling on the netminder’s supplemental discipline.

“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 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.”

After receiving his suspension, the 6-foot-3 goaltender provided his side of the story, saying he let his anger consume him following a few poor calls and a costly goal against. But he felt embarrassed about how he handled the incident immediately afterwards.

Sometimes crazy just comes out. I feel Kasikisuo’s water bottle-throwing mishap.  “Unfair” bubbled over and his arm involuntarily reached out, grabbed the bottle and the rest is history.

Blowing a 2-0 lead late in a game is an ego crusher for a dude whose career looks like a crypto balance sheet.

hell of a throw with his blocker hand though. Maybe he should try baseball.

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