Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Sundin heaved broken stick into stands
TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mats Sundin was
suspended Wednesday for one game for throwing his broken stick into
Sundin was about to take a shot when the stick snapped in the
second period of Toronto's 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the
Nashville Predators. He blindly backhanded the broken shaft into
the lower tier at Air Canada Centre.
No one was injured, Sundin was not penalized and he wound up
with assists on Bryan McCabe's goals in the third period.
That drew that ire of Nashville coach Barry Trotz.
"Pitching your stick up into the stands should be a game
misconduct," Trotz said. "It's sort of ironic he sets up their
Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Sundin will
forfeit a game check of $47,685.19. The money goes to the Players
Emergency Assistance Fund.
"Regardless of whether Mr. Sundin may have been overcome by the
frustration or emotion of the moment, there is no way the league
can tolerate his reaction," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's
director of hockey operations.
Sundin acknowledged his frustration.
"That was a brain cramp there, I'm just glad nobody got hurt,"
To replace Sundin, the Maple Leafs recalled forward Kyle
Wellwood from St. John's of the AHL on Wednesday. Wellwood, 20, has
seven goals and 23 assists in 37 games for St. John's this season.