Russia won the gold medal during the IIHF World Championships on Sunday. After Russian coach Oleg Znarok was suspended from the final game due to making a throat slash gesture to Sweden assistant coach, Alex Ovechkin and Znarok decided to capitalize on the moment. Both men made throat slashing gestures towards cameras filming the Russian celebration in an apparent rebellious moment.
Unfortunately unable to embed the video here, follow this link and watch Ovechkin and Znarok make the gesture together. It’s pretty hilarious.
Without Znarok in attendance, Russia was able to win the gold medal against Finland with a 5-2 win. Znarok rejoined the team after the game (though originally thought to have to miss the post game celebrations as well) to celebrate with his team.
The IIHF made the following statement in explanation of his suspension:
“In the case of Znarok, he was found to be in violation in accordance with IIHF Rule 551 D)3 for making an obscene gesture to Gronborg.”
Znarok was not the only one suspended from his teams final game. Gronborg was also no in attendance to see Sweden win the bronze medal.
The two got into the argument after a hit late in the semifinals game on Saturday.
Znarok was hired to coach Russia in March to replace Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. Bilyaletdinov was the Russian coach during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Not playing very well during the Olympics, Znarok was hoped to bring new momentum to the team.
Despite letting emotions run a little wild, Znarok did indeed lead the team to a gold medal win.