Here’s something you don’t see all that often, a hockey brawl that features rink-wide carnage and opposing coaches trading blows. That’s what happened between the Onaping Falls Huskies and Mountain Blues last weekend. The video says more about what happened than I possibly could. The Ottawa Sun provides some details and spoke with the officials involved, who say a cheap shot started the whole thing.
These quotes from Onaping coach Todd Brown is pretty good:
Brown said he regrets the action, but said it was a reflex to the Blues coach coming at him first.
“Before we even knew it, he was right in front of my face at our door,” he said. “Next thing you know he took a swing at me, caught me just under the nose and cut me a bit.”
Brown admits he “ended up getting in a better blow” against his adversary, whose nose was bloodied and may have been broken. “That’s the rumour, but I don’t know,” said the Huskies coach.
In retrospect he wishes he hadn’t thrown the punch, but said “it’s the heat of the moment, and you’re not anticipating anything like that will happen — and the next thing it does.”
And next thing, it’s all on YouTube.