Wednesday, 22 October 2008

I LOOOVE Ice Hockey

Roboseyo posted this clip yesterday. I followed the links to other related clip and somehow got to Ice Hockey fights. It is amazing how these guys fight. Rugby is arguably a much rougher sport with the possibility for tempers to flare around every corner, yet there are rarely actually flights. Sure, they push and shove and call each other names, but the fists stay down.

Here is a compilation of hockey fights. I love how the referees just stand there with their arms folded. They are bigger spectators than the actual spectators. At other times it looks like they are actually trying to referee the fight. After watching for a while I saw that there was method to the madness. They stand and watch, and as soon as the two players go down, then jump and pile on them. You just can’t swing an arm when someone is piling on you.


The second clip is great because of the scale of the whole thing. I don’t want to say too much for fear of giving it all away. I will say that the game commentators sound like they have done a few boxing matches before.


For a Canadese person reading this, do these guys get suspended after the game or is the penalty box the final punishment?


Brian said...

Should be "I will read it as soon as I get a chanCe" not "change."

I'm surprised you don't get more comments here. It's been ages since I've followed the NHL closely, so I'm not up-to-date on the rules. Generally the penalty box is the final stop. I checked around for follow-ups to that brawl game, and didn't see any mention of a suspension.

The Flyers, one of the teams in that video, have been a goon team the last ten years or so. Here are a few other examples of their handiwork:

Otto Silver said...

You mean comments on this post or my blog? My blog is read by only about 10 people and 5 of them email me. I cant even get my best friend or girlfriend to read it. ;)

About this post, well, I have no idea how many of the other 5 actually know anything about hockey.

thanks for the links.