Video: The Charity Brawl

posted at 2:41 pm on April 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

For the last forty-one years, the New York Police and Fire Departments have held a charity hockey game, but no one would confuse them with professional hockey teams, right? Well … maybe. Last night’s game featured a 25-minute brawl that looked like a replay of Slap Shot, with everyone but the goalies getting in on the action.

Semi-serious question — who would they have called to break this up if it hadn’t gotten under control after almost a half-hour? New Jersey state troopers?

The NYPD and FDNY took the ice Sunday for their annual charity hockey game at Nassau Coliseum. And while it started out with the usual spirit of camaraderie, it didn’t take long for things to get out of hand.

Like, really out of hand.

As CBS New York reports, with the score tied 3-3 in the second period, the teams engaged in the type of full-out bench-clearing brawl that was typically seen in the NHL during the 1970s and ’80s, and is still occasionally waged in the minors today.

At one point almost all of the players on both sides were fighting, save for the goalies.

Well, the FDNY fans seemed to enjoy it, anyway:

Neither agency would comment later on the brawl. The fan from one of the above videos later called into CBS New York tried to explain how the fight started, and was surprised that the players managed to finish the game:

Let’s hope that this raises a lot of money for their charities … and perhaps a few anger-management classes.


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Okay, I’ll get it started. Hockey sucks more than basketball.

DanMan on April 7, 2014 at 2:49 PM

These are the “grown UPS” we entrust guns to & our lives to every day? Good G*d, I understand rivalries & professional twitting, but really a 25 minute brawl?

Related, this is why so many police died on 911. The FDNY was evacuating the second tower, but the Police had not ordered theirs out, yet… the FDNY told the NYPD to bail out, but the cops responded, they didn’t take orders from firefighters….

JFKY on April 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Did a hockey game spontaneously break out after the fight?

dentarthurdent on April 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

It’s called assault…

Seven Percent Solution on April 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I seem to recall a libtard troll saying only cops and military can be trusted with guns…..
These cops?

dentarthurdent on April 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Firefighters could cleared the ice with hoses – THAT would be fun to see.

Marcola on April 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM

“****ing firefighters are a bunch of homos”
-Collin Sullivan, The Departed

El_Terrible on April 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Firefighters could cleared the ice with hoses – THAT would be fun to see.

Marcola on April 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Well, if you’re trying to impress a girl, the last thing you want is the firemen coming in swinging their big hoses around…..

(paraphrase from 2 1/2 Men episode)

dentarthurdent on April 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Who cares? So there were some fisticuffs and a few lost teeth during a hockey game. It probably helped them raise more money, and some great PR for the lead up to next year’s game.

NotCoach on April 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

It’s a hockey fight, it’s all in good fun. The fans loved it and so did the players. Although I’m disappointed in my fellow goalies, they could have at least done some sumo wrestling.

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

[W]ho would they have called to break this up if it hadn’t gotten under control after almost a half-hour? New Jersey state troopers?

Since the game was held in the Nassau Coliseum, which in on Long Island, I would imagine it would have been the Nassau County Police Department, one of the highest paid police forces — if not the highest paid police force –in the nation. But me? I’d just let them fight it out.

Nomennovum on April 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

… the highest paid police force –in the nation.

Nomennovum on April 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Actually, maybe I’m thinking of the neighboring Suffolk County (LI) police.

Nomennovum on April 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

It’s a hockey fight, it’s all in good fun. The fans loved it and so did the players. Although I’m disappointed in my fellow goalies, they could have at least done some sumo wrestling.

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Osgood v. Roy

The fun starts at 1:10.

NotCoach on April 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

NotCoach on April 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Vernon vs Roy in the original was better. Ozzie only managed to hang on and pull Roy down. But Vernon earned his victory. And it’s best not to even talk about Hasek’s sad attempt.

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Semi-serious question — who would they have called to break this up if it hadn’t gotten under control after almost a half-hour? New Jersey state troopers?

Nah. They can’t get over the bridge.

trigon on April 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Okay, I’ll get it started. Hockey sucks more than basketball.

DanMan on April 7, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Objectively incorrect on every fact.

Next.

Good Lt on April 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Brawls at “Guns ‘n Hoses” hockey games are nothing new, contrary to much of the press coverage of this one.

I played on a team in a suburban “charity tournament” about 15 years ago that was disrupted by one of these NYC-specials. The brawl was predictable and essentially presecheduled. Everyone knew it was coming. And of course, since it was more-or-less tied to St Patrick’s Day, there were lots of drunks involved in the fighting. The local Police were unwilling to get involved with their blue cousins, so there was no attempt made to prevent, shorten, or punish the brawl. Kind of ruined it for a lot of us, that had actually come to play hockey.

My son’s team narrowly avoided this year’s debacle, when the hosts for his tournament managed to chase the NYC Cops and Fire teams away by assigning them only early-morning game slots. The goons were looking for prime-time only, and stalked off to find a different tournament, to the relief of all concerned.

I actually would like to keep some fisticuffs in hockey when it’s appropriate, but Guns ‘n Hoses have turned it into a freak show, and an outlet for a rather troubling inter-agency hostility that chronically seethes just beneath the surface. And that, not the violence-in-hockey debate, is really what should get looked at here.

bofh on April 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Vernon vs Roy in the original was better. Ozzie only managed to hang on and pull Roy down. But Vernon earned his victory. And it’s best not to even talk about Hasek’s sad attempt.

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

That was a great rivalry while it lasted. I think everyone here in Hockeytown had a bullet with Claude Lemieux’s name on it.

NotCoach on April 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Always hated playing union backed adult league teams. They are cheap and could care less who they injure, they have the union to cover them when hurt. The rest of us lose pay when injured and can’t work. Gave up the league when they stated we couldn’t keep those teams out.

As for the goalies not going at it….my son keeps telling me they tend to be the smart one’s on the ice.

flahockey on April 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

NotCoach on April 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

He was hated pretty much everywhere he didn’t play. Bruin great Cam Neely called him a “gutless puke.” But yeah, for a good 5-6 year stretch those games were a must watch for hockey fans. That first fight though had Roy, Lidstrom, Forsberg, Larianov, Shannahan, Vernon, Foote and even Lemieux, all of whom are Hall of Famers or close to it.

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Sometimes men like to fight.

John the Libertarian on April 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Next time a building catches fire in NYC, somebody calls 911, and the firemen come to put out the fire, and the cops come to block off traffic and ensure the ambulances get through. Then a cop and a fireman recognize each other–”Aren’t you the guy who beat the crap out of me at the hockey game?”

Way to go, guys!!!

Steve Z on April 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

NYC cops and firemen have been fighting each other since forever.

Nomennovum on April 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Semi-serious question — who would they have called to break this up if it hadn’t gotten under control after almost a half-hour? New Jersey state troopers?

Pyromaniac criminals?

JetBoy on April 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

The firefighters knew they were safe because NYPD can’t hit a damn thing in a fight.

TexasDan on April 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

CSI: NY had an episode that showed this charity event with members of the CSI playing the game. It also resulted in a brawl. Life imitates Art?

hadsil on April 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The firefighters knew they were safe because NYPD can’t hit a damn thing in a fight.

TexasDan on April 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

That’s a winner!

dentarthurdent on April 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

How does that old joke go?

I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out.

Something like that. ; )

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Well, at least it’s nice to know the cops and firefighters aren’t afraid of a little fisticuffs..

Cleombrotus on April 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

…it’s New York!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Its hockey for cripes sake. A few punches are part of the game.
BTW, people who play hockey are not your metrosexual males of today. Thank God for that. I suspect the ones doing all the
whining and complaining about a little bench brawl would themselves
be hiding under the bench; then when no one was looking would race
home to mommy.

Amjean on April 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Its hockey for cripes sake. A few punches are part of the game.
BTW, people who play hockey are not your metrosexual males of today. Thank God for that. I suspect the ones doing all the
whining and complaining about a little bench brawl would themselves
be hiding under the bench; then when no one was looking would race
home to mommy.

Amjean on April 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Analyses of this foolishness, point-by-point:

1) What’s a cripe?
2) Where in the NHL rules does it say that “a few punches are part of the game”?
3) It’s not “metrosexual” to be mature, forgiving, & self-disciplined.
4) Thank God instead for people who are mature, forgiving, & self-disciplined. People who are not often end up in jail.
5) Doubtless it was “whining” that led to this temper tantrum.
6) If 25-minute mob violence is “a little bench brawl,” how do you define a big bench brawl?
7) Doubtless most of these overgrown children had a “mommy” but no daddy.

itsnotaboutme on April 7, 2014 at 9:28 PM

half these wards will apply for disability

don’t doubt it

Doyle Hargrave on April 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

It’s a marketing ploy. They stole the whole fight idea from “Rescue Me”. ;)

HilliardPatriot on April 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM