Video: Mass brawl breaks out less than two seconds into NHL ice-hockey game
Even by ice-hockey’s standards, this is a little bit ridiculous.
Go to an ice-hockey game and there’s a good chance you’re going to see a fight, if not a series of them, but usually you’re allowed to get comfortable in your seat and watch a little bit of ice-hockey first.
That wasn’t the case during the NHL clash between the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames last night, with a line brawl – basically a series of fights involving practically every player on the ice – breaking out as soon as the puck dropped.
As you’ll see above, it was quite clearly a pre-meditated strategy from the Flames, with the commentators suggesting that it was obvious what was going to happen as soon as the team sheets were handed in prior to the game.
Canucks coach John Tortorella was quite clearly p*ssed off and sought to give his Flames counterpart Bob Hartley a piece of his mind, but Hartley kept schtum while Tortorella and players from both sides engaged in a bit of finger-pointing and a shouting match, before normality was restored and the Canucks went on to win 3-2.
Oh Canada, why can’t you all just get along, eh?
Video via YouTube/HockeyVideoHD