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Preparing To Brawl, Remove The Helmet Of The Other Guy First

from David M. Singer of HockeyFights.com,

Barch and Gallant dropped the gloves three times last night, each earning an automatic game misconduct after the third.

Special attention will be paid to round two. Gallant, a rookie, must wear a helmet with a visor (new rule). Generally a player who has a moment before and wears a visor will remove his helmet, and the other player will follow suit. However, starting this season players that remove their own helmet before a fight will receive a minor penalty (another new rule). A few sets of players have already picked up the minors, elongating their five PIMs to seven.

Gallant had another idea. He loosened his helmet and invited Barch to do the same. Barch almost took off his own helmet, hesitated, then took off Gallant's instead, and Gallant returned the favor. Then, the fight.

Victorian era honor. The Code. A ridiculous loophole on display. Call it what you will, but the NHL will likely modify the rule to prevent this. The preseason has more players fighting to prove themselves than the regular season though, and it's unlikely we'd see this in a real game setting. Crafty nonetheless.

more plus of course videos of all three fights... You can also watch round two below....

Shawn Thornton mentioned a few days ago he would remove the opponent's helmet if he was wearing a visor and it appears other 'fighters' have caught on quickly.

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  Tags: brett+gallant, krys+barch

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Now they’re taking each other’s helmets off?  Good grief.  Is this not getting kind of ridiculous?

Posted by Lex Talionis on 09/20/13 at 08:54 AM ET

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Ah yes, add another ring to the circus, NHL.

Posted by Hootinani on 09/20/13 at 09:10 AM ET

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Ha. Good on them. Nice scrap, too.

Posted by godblender on 09/20/13 at 10:10 AM ET

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whoever said the NHL fighters were Neanderthals?

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 09/20/13 at 11:08 AM ET

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This is how the league bans fighting with out actually banning fighting.

Posted by wingsnut25 from Cheboygan, MI on 09/20/13 at 11:11 AM ET

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If there’s enough time to “invite” the other player to remove your helmet, and for him to invite you to remove his, it’s not a “hockey fight.” It’s a contrived event – and it makes a mockery of the truly emotional aspects of the game.

Ah yes, add another ring to the circus, NHL.

Exactly.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/20/13 at 11:35 AM ET

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If there’s enough time to “invite” the other player to remove your helmet, and for him to invite you to remove his, it’s not a “hockey fight.” It’s a contrived event – and it makes a mockery of the truly emotional aspects of the game.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/20/13 at 11:35 AM ET


This.

Perhaps it’s time to eliminate a player from the roster and just get it over with.  Go from 20/23 to 20/22, or maybe even 19/22.

Guys like Barch have no business sharing the ice with other players in the NHL.

Posted by Primis on 09/20/13 at 11:47 AM ET

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Perhaps it’s time to eliminate a player from the roster and just get it over with.  Go from 20/23 to 20/22, or maybe even 19/22

But then, this year, a team like the Wings would have to eliminate a skilled player because they don’t carry a goon. Even their “fighter with skill,” Tootoo, will almost certainly be gone, so that means someone like Emmerton or Eaves would get eliminated.

How about making “invitation” fights (like the ones that happen immediately after a faceoff) a game misconduct penalty? Give the refs full discretion where and when that kind of call is made. Or have the league come up with something else because these “staged” fights are a joke and a waste of eveyone’s time.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/20/13 at 01:47 PM ET

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