Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Twig on 10/12/10 at 02:15 PM ET
Just preseason, right? Whether it was retaliation for a dirty hit, or someone said something about the coach’s mom, it got ugly in an exhibition game between the Colorado Eagles and the Odessa Jackelopes.
The first two periods seemed like a typical minor league hockey game. A few fights, some goals…
Then the third period happened. 14 fighting majors handed out in the first 1:39, then the big one at 9:26 which resulted in Odessa captain Dave Van Drunen getting sucker punched by Brad MacMillen. The punch resulted in Van Drunen needing 5 plates and 18 screws to repair the damage.
MacMillen received 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting, 10 minutes and a game for instigating and another 10 for intent to injure.
Paul Gillis, coach of the Odessa Jackelopes, sent his team to the locker room, then informed the officials that they had forfeited the game.
Jackelopes owner Rick Gasser had this to say:
“I’m asking the league for a lifetime ban for MacMillan, at least 20 games for Mario and a season-long suspension for (Eagles assistant coach Greg) Pankewicz, because he was the one running the team that night while their coach, Chris Stewart, was watching the game from the stands to evaluate.”
This is the point where players have gone too far. Hockey fights are great. They get the whole crowd fired up, both teams fired up and the quality of the game improves. But when the cops get called and people are calling for lifetime bans and the emergency room has to make a stop at Home Depot to fix the damage, it’s not fun any more.
I have yet to find video of the actual fight, but there is a clip of the aftermath. When I saw the blood on the ice, I originally thought about the March 26 brawl, but now that I think about it, it’s a bit more like the ending of ‘Fargo’.
Sources: Puck Daddy, Colorado Eagles home page
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