Washington Capitals defender John Erskine.
An NHL linesman tried to break up a quarrel between Capitals’ defender John Erskine and the Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf. Erskine tried to shove the referee aside and, inadvertently, clocked him in the face. An NBA player in such a situation would have been inveighed against, suspended indefinitely and banished to David Stern’s version of “The Pit.” But, this was hockey, so Erskine spent four minutes inside a box and was permitted to throw it down with Colton Orr later that period.
[HT to RMNB]