Whether it should be legal or not, fighting is a part of hockey. Two guys square up to punch each other in the face for the reason of “because” usually. However, two players in the FHL took the the purpose of fighting to a whole new level when instead of punching, they hug and drink beer together on the ice.
By: Adam Pyde – @Adam_Pyde
Neither Matt Puntureri or Jesse Felton recieved a penalty minute on the play. Probably because I don’t think any hockey league has a rule for hugging and drinking beer on the ice after a “fight” where no one threw a punch.
Though there might be one for bringing foreign equipment onto the ice with you, such as the beer stashed in Puntureri’s pants. But hey, who knows.
Fighting in hockey is a weird thing. Its a huge debate amongst hockey people whether it should be legal. Fans love it and players defend it, but it is dangerous for the players involved. Hockey is the only sport that allows fighting without an ejection. There is a weird camaraderie and sportsmanship within the people fighting though despite their attempts to break each others noses and orbital bones. These two sure took the camraderie to a whole new level.
For a guy who’s dabbled in various hockey leagues, this doesn’t bother me. After all, I had a much larger guy than me break his hand on my helmet in a rather one-sided “fight” in my lifetime. Then I saw him at the bar a week later and bought him a drink because “Dude, that sucks. You’re gonna miss playoffs?”
Its not an NHL game. Its not the Olympics. This isn’t some protest. Its just fun. Chill out, soap-box preachers.
In fact, my only issue is he didn’t have two beers with him.