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Monday, January 10, 2005

Fight Fest in Edmonton


AHL hockey is under-rated. It really is good, entertaining hockey. Tonight, for example, the St. John's Maple Leafs pounded the Edmonton Road Runners 3-0 in Edmonton. And despite the fact that it was a well played game by two tired teams, it wasn't the score or the gameplay that excited me in the end, however. It was the countless brawls that were instigated in the third period by a rather viscious sucker punch thrown to the head of the Maple Leaf's leading scorer David Ling by Edmonton pugilist Rocky Thompson. The sucker punch started a chain reaction of fights as the teams combined for 38 penalties and 193 minutes in the third period alone.

The sucker punch reminded me of the infamous Bertuzzi/Moore debacle of last year. Now, it isn't fair to group tonight's incident with the 'cheap shot heard round the world', it's not even close to the same realm, but in the same breath, it was a punch to the head from behind on an unsuspecting player.

I don't want to make a big deal out of it, but it just goes to show the imbalance of media attention on plays such as this. Because Ling got up immediately, there will be little said of this.

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