Well shoot…I thought the NHL was bad, but check out this video from the Russian Hockey League. They don’t mess around over there.
Top KHL squad Avangard managed to finish their home game against league underdogs Vityaz, 3-2, despite a mass brawl. The incident occurred almost immediately after face-off. The Vityaz players went on the offensive after only six seconds of play. Avangard’s management says the brawl was a pre-planned act against their team.
They have demanded that Vityaz be excluded from the KHL, and also want a lifetime disqualification for the club’s management. In January 2010, a similar brawl occurred during the clubs’ meeting in the Moscow region. Back then, the game was suspended, while Vityaz were considered to have struck the first blow, but avoided serious sanction from the KHL.
A number of players have even been called in by police to answer questions about starting the fight and could face civil charges. Calls have also been made for the team to be kicked out of the KHL and players banned for life.