A bench-clearing brawl that broke out during a charity hockey game between the New York Police Department and New York Fire Department has people questioning how something like this could happen during something with the sole purpose of helping out others.
*Disclaimer: Video contains adult language*
With the game tied at three midway through the second period, a number of one-on-one fights began. The brawl then broke out of hand after the officials failed to regain order after the fights began.
“It was reminiscent of the old-time Rangers-Flyers games in the mid-’70s,” an NYPD told the New York Post. “I was waiting for [legendary Philadelphia Flyers enforcer] Dave Schultz to come out on the ice.”
The same man told the post that in his 20 years of coming to this game, he had never seen anything like this before.
At one point in the video, you can hear the entire Nassau Memorial Coliseum chanting “Dunkin’ Donuts”. The fighting led to a near half-hour delay in the game that was eventually won by the NYPD by a score of 8-5, ending a five-game losing streak in the yearly series.
No serious injuries were reported from the fight.
It just goes to show you that, even if it’s a game for charity, emotions can run high during any sporting event.
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