This is hockey?

January 10, 2010


Professional hockey got another black eye when a Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) game in Chekhov, Russia was cancelled following an ugly bench clearing brawl. The referees assessed a record 691 penalty minutes to players from both sides. As neither club had enough players to ice a team, the officials were forced to cancel the game only 3:39 into the first period. The league fined Vityaz four million rubles (£83,363) and Avangard 1 million rubles (£20,837) for their troubles.

To their credit and with more than a touch of irony and poignance, the KHL introduces the story on their website with the headline, ‘This is hockey?’

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