Raimo Summanen, coach of the KHL’s Avangard Omsk, wasn’t happy with a controversial call in an elimination game and he let the referees know — by pretending to bribe them with his open wallet. Omsk went on to lose 2-0, but Summanen’s antics will live in infamy.
On a list of iconic coaching moments — from Roger Neilson’s towel-waving to Patrick Roy’s glass-shoving — Raimo Summanen’s faux-bribe of the officials scores pretty darn high.
To put it lightly, Summanen, coach of the KHL’s Avangard Omsk, lost his cool after Ak Bars Kazan was awarded a goal on what he perceived to be clear goaltender interference. When you see the play, you’ll realize it’s not as cut and dry as Summanen believes it to be, but he chose to see things his way and lashed out at the referees.
A bit of a backstory on the goal might be necessary: it came in the fifth game of the second round series between Omsk and Kazan, and Kazan held a 3-1 series lead. So, for Summanen’s club, this was an elimination game and one goal could be the difference between life or death. Summanen’s antics — whether you agree with them or not — are hilarious, but we’re not so sure if they’ll get the referees on his side:
The icing on the cake of the entire fiasco? The goal Summanen was incensed about, scored by Kazan’s Oscar Moeller, stood up as the game-winner and the tally that ousted Omsk from the playoffs.
Former Winnipeg Jet Alexander Burmistrov added an insurance marker less than a minute later, and Kazan went on to down Omsk 2-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference semi-final, where they’ll take on Sibir Novosibirsk for the chance to advance to the Gagarin Cup final.