She’s the female version of Marty McSorley.
Under-16 Russian hockey player Svetlana Starovoytova completely lost her cool and smashed her stick against American defender Hannah Bates’ helmet, at the 2014 World Selects Invitational in Budapest, Hungary on August 1.
The West Coast Selects, an American hockey team made up of teenage girls, were up 2-1 late in the third period when Starovoytova reacted to Bates being taken down, and two-handed the teen from Michigan in the head.
It’s not so much the slash that leaves you wincing, but the booming echo that follows the gruesome outburst.
Thankfully, Bates wasn’t injured during the play. She later tweeted that she was OK after the incident.
Shoutout to Warrior for making Russian proof helmets that saved me from a concussion. https://t.co/VoTcjq3SvQ
— Hannah Bates (@HannahBates08) August 1, 2014
Starovoytova was thrown out of the game for the slash to the surprise of no one in attendance (16 minutes for boarding, slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct, cross-checking, pretty much every penalty imaginable).
And in case you’ve forgotten who Marty McSorley is, here’s your reminder.
(H/T to Puck Daddy)