Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 04/07/14 at 04:30 AM ET
I don't mean this as an insult, but I suppose it will be taken as such: you know something bad's happened when Deadspin's "breaking" a hockey story (no offense, Deadspin! Your wit and sarcasm are superb):
On Sunday afternoon, the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department took part in their annual charity hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum, and the rivalry between the NYPD and FDNY regrettably took an ugly turn.
Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy found a YouTube-friendly version of a bench-clearing brawl between the teams, and the video contains a crowd chant that includes the swear word describing one's rear end, so you click on the video at your peril (and Deadspin's article includes some Instagram videos from closer perspectives, so please explore knowing that you're going to hear some words your boss may not want your computer speakers to spew forth):
Leahy also points us toward a New York Post article in which Larry Celona and David K. Li provide some text-based context for the scrap:
A bench-clearing brawl broke out during a charity hockey game between New York City cops and firefighters on Sunday in Uniondale, LI.
“It was reminiscent of the old-time Rangers-Flyers games in the mid-70s,” quipped an NYPD cop who was at the game at the Nassau Coliseum. “I was waiting for [legendary Philadelphia Flyers enforcer] Dave Schultz to come out on the ice.”
The ugly scene erupted in the second period as referees struggled to control multiple, one-on-one fistacuffs. Sticks and gloves littered the ice during the disturbing incident.
It was 3-3 when the second-period violence broke out. The NYPD eventually won 8-5.
Although witnesses said fan loyalties were decidedly even during the game, a YouTube video of the thuggish display captured fans loudly chanting “PD sucks, PD sucks” during the brouhaha.
The brawl led to a 25-minute delay as equipment was picked up and refs made laundry lists of penalized and ejected players.
The cop in the stands said he’s been coming to this NYPD-FDNY game for 20 years and had never seen a bench-clearing, cop-firefighter brawl before.
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