The Goalie Fight That Might Change Hockey Forever

The NHL rulebook doesn’t even account for fights like these. posted on

A fight broke out during Friday night’s Capitals-Flyers game between Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds and Washington’s Tom Wilson, after a third period goal put the Capitals ahead 7-0.

As those two were going at it, Flyers goaltender Ray Emery raced down the ice and attacked Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, even though Holtby indicated that he did not want to fight.

And the fight quickly turned aggressive, as Emery hit Holtby with punches and picked him off his knees to hit him again and again.

And even though it was clear that Holtby was not fighting back, the assault didn’t end until both players were on the ground.

But because the NHL rulebook doesn’t account for incidents like this — where someone who doesn’t want to fight is attacked — Emery, who is no stranger to fights, was not punished by the league. However, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expressed his concern with the situation, indicating that the league will consider changing the rulebook at the next general managers meeting.

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