Sunday, November 04, 2007

Throwing Smoke Flashback - World Junior 1987 Brawl

This is one of the best hockey brawls of all time. 1987 - World Junior Hockey Championship - Canada vs. USSR. While the Soviets were out of medal contention, Canada was playing for the gold medal, and were leading 4-2 at the time of the brawl. Even had they lost the game, they were assured at least the bronze medal.

It began when Pavel Kostichkin took a two handed slash at Theoren Fleury. The Soviet Union's Evgeny Davydov came off the bench, eventually leading to both benches clearing. The officials, unable to break up the fight, walked off the ice and eventually tried shutting off the arena lights, but the brawl lasted for 20 minutes before the International Ice Hockey Federation declared the game null and void. A 35 minute emergency meeting resulting in the delegates voting 7-1 to disqualify both teams from the tournament, the sole dissenter being Canadian Dennis McDonald. Both teams were also banned from attending the players' banquet at the end of the tournament.

Now that is old time hockey!

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