Corey Perry Steals Alex Semin’s Stick (GIF)


What comes around goes around. A few days after he pranked Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters during an interview, Alex Semin was on the receiving end of some hockey mischief.

During overtime of Friday’s Canes-Ducks game, Ducks star Corey Perry broke his stick. On his way to the bench, the former Hart Trophy winner must have thought getting a new stick was too much work. Instead, he plucked a twig out of Semin’s hands as the ex-Cap sat on the boards waiting for a shift change.

Semin threw his hands up in Sashalian disbelief.


Okay, I’m laughing.


Even harder now. He’s so mad.

I don’t know how to wrap this up. This is ridiculous. I’ve never seen anything like this. Is this even a penalty? Let me check the NHL’s rule book.

10.3 Broken Stick – Player – A broken stick is one which, in the opinion of the Referee, is unfit for normal play.

A player without a stick may participate in the game. A player whose stick is broken may participate in the game provided he drops the broken stick. A minor penalty shall be imposed for an infraction of this rule.

A player who has lost or broken his stick may only receive a stick at his own players’ bench or be handed one from a teammate on the ice. A player will be penalized if he throws, tosses, slides or shoots a stick to teammate on the ice. A player may not participate in the play using a goalkeeper’s stick. A minor penalty shall be imposed for an infraction of this rule.

Okay, yes. It is a penalty. And Perry got away with it!

And Semin just sits there– in his own world— again. The Canes get confused… then angry! Carolina won the game 3-2 in the shootout. Our friend Jamie Kellner has great photos of the whole affair.

Thanks to Reddit user … [nope, not typing that username…] for inspiring me to explore this story.

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  • Eddie

    Must be karmic revenge for all the stick penalties.

  • Matt

    Was Boudreau behind this?

  • Jeff Yoders

    Is it a penalty? No stick was thrown or tossed to him. He certainly didn’t get it from his bench but he did get it from a bench.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    You don’t want his stick, Corey. There’s a lot of trips and hooks left in it.

  • Uncle Phil’s Beard

    I think the fact that it didn’t come from his own bench is where the justification for the penalty lies (or would have, if he had been called for it)…

  • M Taylor

    How is he after that hit from Pietrangelo? I can’t find any news.

  • nogoodtrying

    Dat reddit name!

  • Eileen Lucas

    There isn’t any news yet. He will be medically evaluated today and then we may hear something.

  • Shawn Murphy

    ahhh the ol “gamesmanship”

  • Jared

    Regardless of how hilarious this story is, the best part is still: “Thanks to Reddit user … [nope, not typing that username…] for inspiring me to explore this story.”

  • iwearstripes

    I would agree with that assessment.

    Though Bobby Ryan scored a goal with Mikko Koivu’s stick (, after Koivu stole Ryan’s. That would technically violate the same rule, but under the circumstances, it would be pretty hard to penalize Ryan for using Koivu’s stick, when Koivu brazenly stole Ryan’s. Of course, you could argue that Koivu deserved a penalty for holding the stick, and another for participating in play with an illegally obtained stick.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    Funny thing is that his name is on it. if i were him – i’d be like…”EXHIBIT A! I rest my case!!” But this kinda thing should be like a metagame. Bonuses for most creative clownings.

  • yv

    This is so funny. Sasha-minor at his best. He probably remains the only one who has been penalized for now forgotten rule of tucked jersey, despite sometimes you can see the whole line skating with ‘accidentally’ tucked ones.

  • Alex

    Poor Alex Semin… Still on the shitty side of the toilet paper.

    To Corey Perry: 7 Bad Sashas. And a big thumbs up.

  • I think 100% it’s an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, yes.

  • bskillet

    Priceless, great coaching Bruce.

  • Jay Prots

    and somehow Semin STILL got 2 min for slashing

  • BoBoBoBoBoBoBoBoBoBoBoBo

    I think Jordan’s reaction is just as hilarious.

  • Tommy


  • Dark Stranger

    I don’t blame Sasha for being upset with an opponent snatching his stick. I probably would have gotten an new stick but would have expressed my displeasure first. Somehow grabbing the stick of an opponent is a “worse” prank than an off-ice prank done to a teammate.

  • Guest234

    Helped win the game, though.

  • Guest234