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In Russia, Stick Slapshots You!

Yes, I went there. Yakov Smirnoff would be proud, if he wasn’t so dead on the inside.

One thing you can say about the Russians, it’s that they are passionate about pretty much everything. Sometimes psychotically passionate, sure, but they care, and that’s what counts.

On March 14th, Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg was facing the visiting Salavat Yulaev Ufa in a KHL playoff game when a crazed (but passionate, remember) fan somehow got close enough to Salavat Yulaev Ufa’s backup goalie, Vitaly Kolesnik, to grab the stick out of his hands and hit the goaltender hard enough to bust his head open. Sheesh.

Kolesnik was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a concussion, and backup goalie, who played for the Colorado Avalanche at one time, is relieved that was all he suffered, because according to doctors, it could have been much, much worse.

“I guess I was lucky.

“Doctors who treated me said if the hit was just a centimeter or two to the side, I could have been dead or left paralyzed.”

Scary stuff, man.

The KHL jumped to action – because they are first-class and well-run organization, of courseĀ  – in Bizarro World – and fined Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg 1 million roubles ($34,000) for not providing adequate security. Yeah, that’ll learn ’em. But what about the goofy bastard who attacked Kolesnik? Police said the man faces criminal charges, which in Russia I assume means a one-way train ticket to Siberia. The Russians still send people to Siberia, right? If they don’t, well, they should.

Video: Fan attacks KHL goalie with stick on team bench [Puck Daddy]
Fan grabs goaltender’s stick and hits him over head [Reuters]