On March 14, Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg was hosting Salavat Yulaev Ufa as part of an opening-round playoff series. Toward the end of the game, a fan jumped over the protective glass boards, grabbed the stick from visiting Ufa's backup goalie Vitaly Kolesnik and attacked him with it. Kolesnik suffered a deep cut but wasn't injured seriously. Though it was close.
"I guess I was lucky," he said. "Doctors who treated me said if the hit was just a centimeter or two to the side, I could have been dead or left paralyzed."
A Russian language video of the incident is below.
His coach, Igor Zakharkin, said, "It looked like that mad guy kept hitting our player with a baseball bat. The blood was all over the place. We're still in shock. Most of our players didn't feel like playing after what had happened and our foreign players were literally scared, but we were told the game must go on. The game didn't seem important any more. No wonder we lost."
In America, the incident is reminiscent of the attack on Kansas City Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa by William Ligue Jr. and his teenage son in 2002.