Ever watch a hockey game and wonder why the referees just allow the players to go at it? The main reason is fighting is good for the game of hockey. People go to games to see fights. It’s kind of disturbing when you stop and think about it, but it’s a fact. Another reason refs stand back and watch hockey fights most of the time is that they don’t want to attempt to separate two grown men whose adrenaline is pumping through the roof. If they were to try it, they might end up taking a fist to the face. Check out this Max LaPierre-Cal Clutterbuck fight video from Thursday night’s game between the Wild and Canucks and watch the linesman get punched in the face more than once. Thanks to @cjzero for passing along the hilarious video.
Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle picked the wrong dude to fight Thursday night. Beagle, an inexperienced fighter, ended up fighting Penguins winger Arron Asham. Asham dropped Beagle with one devastating punch that left the Caps center bloodied. Here is a video of the fight:
A study published in the Social Psychological & Personality Science area of the SAGE Journals says hockey players accrue more penalties when wearing black sweaters compared to white ones. From the study’s abstract:
To examine the color–aggression link, the authors analyzed the last 25 seasons of NHL penalty-minute data (649 seasons from 30 teams collapsed across 52,098 games). When teams wore black jerseys, they were penalized more than when they did not (d = 1.19; Study 1). When teams switched to wearing colored jerseys at home games, they were penalized more than when they wore white jerseys at home games (d = 0.83; Study 2). Collectively, these quasi-experimental findings suggest that black jerseys are associated with more aggression and that white jerseys are associated with less.
It seems like it would be difficult to tell what color jersey a team wore for a game 25 years ago, but I’ll take their word for it. Just from the abstract, it’s also difficult to tell how significant the gap was between penalty minutes accrued in white jerseys compared to black ones. Still, it seems like an interesting study and something worth monitoring during the season. It’s also worth pointing out that Penguins goalie Brent Johnson was wearing a black sweater when he broke Rick DiPietro’s face in February with one punch. After reading this study, I’m not so confident that would have happened had he been wearing white.
Stick tap to The Hockey Writers for the story
Guess what? Ukrainian athletes freak out too. It isn’t just the Ron Artests and Yadier Molinas of the world that go ballistic during a game — it happens overseas, too. I’m not really sure if we should file this under hockey fights or just plain meltdowns. Aside from the bashing of the stick over someone’s head, the latter is probably more appropriate. Check out this Ukraine goalie, Evgeny Tsaregorodtsev, fight video, courtesy of CBSSports.com’s Eye on Hockey blog:
This is one of those productions where you have to wonder if it was mostly for show or if someone could actually stay fired up for that long. Since I know absolutely nothing about either team nor the league they play in, I can’t say. What I can confidently say is that we’re glad it happened.
If you are a big hockey fan, you probably know that leagues like the AHL and ACHL are known for having some pretty sick hockey fights. Players tend to play like they have more to prove than NHL guys, and that can lead to tempers flaring and an abundance of dust-ups. Rarely do we get to see a knockout like the one that occurred during Wednesday night’s game between the ACHL’s Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs and the Allen Americans. Check out the Jim Jorgenson vs. Judd Blackwater fight video, courtesy of Barstool Sports:
If Mick were in Jorgenson’s corner for that one we would have heard “Down, kid! Stay down!” The difference between Jim and Balboa is Jorgenson should have stayed down. That, and Rocky was a movie. Those punches actually hurt.
The only way you’ve ever seen anything like the fight video you’re about to see is if you’ve watched Slap Shot before. Thing is that was only a movie — the KHL brawl between Vityaz Chekhov and Avangard Omsk happened in real life. The first part of the video was somewhat light. Around the 1:40 mark is where things get really heavy. Again, this is the Kontinental Hockey League featuring former NHL star Jaromir Jagr so you know it’s a legit league. Without further ado, here’s the vid:
According to the NY Times, 691 penalty minutes were handed out to 30 players. No surprise they had to suspend the game because neither team had enough players to continue. I have never seen anything like that in a real game before. If the league takes discipline seriously, they’ll probably be setting records with length and amount of fines. Unfreakingbelievable.