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Video: Cal Clutterbuck punches linesman in the face

Nov 4, 2011, 12:47 AM EDT

Ugly scene in Minnesota tonight at the tail end of the Wild’s 5-1 win over Vancouver. After getting into a skirmish with Canucks agitator Maxim Lapierre, Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck took a swing…and missed his intended target:


The linesman on the receiving end was No. 66, Darren Gibbs, a 14-year NHL veteran that’s called over 800 regular season games.

Clutterbuck drew a 10-minute misconduct and declined to comment after the game. He told the Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo he was too worked up to say anything but did ask “what could I do?” His coach, Mike Yeo, said Clutterbuck was “just trying to protect himself” and didn’t express concern about discipline from the NHL. (Russo tweet: “Yeo said video shows not only does Lapierre try to lift Clutterbuck into bench, one Canuck is trying to pull him in bench.”)

Further discipline seems unlikely given the punch looked accidental, but we’ll take a wait-and-see approach until tomorrow. No league is overly thrilled when one of its officials gets punched in the grill.

  1. Nowhere Man - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    I’m a Canucks fan and that isn’t a Shanaban.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:41 AM

      I agree. It was purely accidental and in no way intended for his hands to hit the ref… If someone was grabbing me and trying to push me over the boards, I will bet you anything that I would throw my fists in the air as well. Just bad luck for the ref. I am positive Clutter had no clue he was hitting the ref. If he was thinking straight, he would have realized Lapierre’s head was on CLutters chest but in the heat of the moment I can’t imagine he understood that at the time….. Still not sure what Lapierre was thinking in trying to throw Clutter over the boards. I couldn’t stop laughing at how dumb it made him look……… Feel bad for the ref tho, ice that nose down!

    • tommytd - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:22 AM

      You’re a Canucks fan…my sympathies.

      • cshearing - Nov 4, 2011 at 7:52 AM

        Yeah, it must suck winning the President’s trophy and getting to the Cup Finals.

      • danphipps01 - Nov 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        And the broken record completes another spin.

  2. govtminion - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    I’d hope that if Shanahan has any memories of how chaotic a good hockey fight is (if not, he should call Adam Foote for some memory refreshers- they had some good ones against each other!), he’ll drop the issue after an apology from Clutterbuck. I don’t see anything there that looks like actual intent to do anything but land a punch on the wrong guy.

  3. arsement - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    The headline misled me into thinking I’d open the video to see Clutterbuck taking out his displeasure with the ref by punching him… then I see it was indeed accidental.

    No big deal here.

  4. pistolpete31 - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM


  5. stakex - Nov 4, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    The linesman get hit during fights all the time. Perhaps not as clear and clean as this, but it happens. No real story here.

  6. cannonblast14 - Nov 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Nothing going to come of this. No Shanaban, unfortunately. The refs know what they are doing when they get in the scrum, and im surprised this doesnt happen more often.
    Russo is biggest homer in the league. Guy is a joke. If he wasnt forced to not react, he would probably jump up and do cartwheels when the Wild score a goal.

  7. zjhauri - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    You must have stopped watching after that scuffle; the final score was 5-1, not 4-1.

    • Mike Halford - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      Whoops, good catch. Fixed — and thanks.

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