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.



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.



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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