"When Goalies Collide"
You kids out there may not realize this, but there are levels to a hockey fight.
There's the event we call "pushy shovey". Basically, everyone mills about, tossing threatening looks at each other. But no punches are thrown.
Then you've got your average, every day fight. Two guys square off, grab each other, and start throwing punches. Few will land, fewer still will hurt and it's all over in about 45 seconds.
Rarely, you'll see a guy square off against some one he shouldn't (as in the first minute of this fight). Hockey fights are usually pretty even. Believe it or not, there's an etiquette involved:
Then come "The Battles". The fights between two guys that, years later, fans still talk about. A perfect example are the fights between Tie Domie and Bob Probert. Either these 2 guys hated each others guts or they just simply loved to fight each other:
But what really gets fans up out of their seats, what really gets Canadian blood boiling, is not just the good old (and no longer seen) bench clearing brawl but - "When Goalies Collide".
Imagine being a hockey goalie. You spend the entire game, trapped in front of 24 sq ft of net with 5 guys slinging frozen rubber at you at 95 mph. It's gotta make you a bit nuts.
Suddenly, your teammates are involved in a fight. The rules say you have to stay out of it but, every now and then, goalies break the rules. From either end of the ice, each team's goalie communicates silently down the ice to his opposite number. And then it's on.
They skate toward each other, awkward, ungainly because of the pads and equipment and start throwing punches. Goalies aren't the best fighters but, when goalies fight, it's *always* a sign the game has gotten out of hand:
Do a search on YouTube for "Goalie Fights. It'll make you wish YouTube was in High definition. :)