Hockey has a love/hate relationship with fighting, some fans love it, others accept it as an integral part of the game. One of the main excuses players use to fight is defending a teammate, in particular a goalie. Which leads me to wonder, why don’t goalies fight more often? They’re covered head to toe in gear to protect themselves from a frozen rubber puck.
In a recent ECHL game between the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Quad City Mallards an old-school beer league hockey fight broke out. The highlight of the fight was goalies squaring off and it featured the first one-punch goalie knockout I’ve ever seen.
— patrick riley (@PeegeRiley) January 12, 2017
That worked out really poorly for Cyclones goaltender Michael Houser. In a very gentlemanly move, Mallards’ Adam Vay stopped the fight after one punch and helped his opponent. Let’s watch it from another angle.
Holy sh*t pic.twitter.com/owCu7uEAHQ
— Stacey (@slvolks) January 12, 2017
When was the last time you saw someone show genuine concern for someone after they’ve just knocked them out? Normally, there’s a couple extra punches, some taunting and a victory lap to applause and chuckles. I wonder if the pair went for a drink after the game?
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