Feb 4, 2018 02:09 ET
|Chris Oddleifson, VAN [Fighting] 19:04|
Bryan Maxwell, MIN [Fighting] 19:04
Harold Snepsts, VAN [Fighting] 19:04
Glen Hanlon, VAN [Fighting, Double misconduct] 19:04
John Grisdale, VAN [Fighting, Misconduct] 19:04
Ron Zanussi, MIN [Fighting, Misconduct] 19:04
Greg Smith, MIN [Fighting, Misconduct] 19:04
Gilles Meloche, MIN [Fighting, Misconduct] 19:04
Stan Smyl, VAN [Fighting, Misconduct] 19:04
Bobby Smith, MIN [Interference, Fighting] 19:04
Jun 30, 2018 03:38 ET
|From The Vancouver Sun:|
An ice pack soothed the throbbing on the bridge of Stan Smyl's ample nose.
"It was just like being back home in Queens Park Arena," groaned the combative rookie of Vancouver Canucks. "Yeah, I think it's busted again."
Then The Steamer, the sturdy right winger who had countless back-alley fights while playing for New Westminster juniors, contributed some honesty to the conflicting post-mortem of what was billed as a hockey game here Wednesday night.
"Yeah," admitted Smyl, revealing his bruised, bloodied nose. "I caught a good one."
Three other Vancouver rookies were actively prominent in a good (?) old-fashioned brawl that predictably exploded with the Canucks trailing MInnesota 7 in the third period.
It was a scene that would have disgusted the hockey purists. IT was not National Hockey League entertainment: it was a scene which happened because referee Ron Wicks lost complete control of the situation.
"I love it! I love it!" Lou Nanne, the general manager of the North Stars, exalted while pounding his fists on the press box counter. While Wicks was unsuccessfully trying to restore order on the ice, Nanne shouted, "we showed them we're not going to back down to anyone when they try to pick on our kid,"
Later, Nanne accused Vancouver coach Harry Neale of precipitating the fracas and denied that his coach, Harry Howell, had sent out ruffian Bryan Maxwell "to get" Vancouver's Chris Oddleifson.
"I'm not going to say our players weren't willing to participate," Neale retorted. "It was a two-sided affair. But who took the first cheap shot? Which goalie came out of his crease first? And it was Maxwell who went after Oddleifson, wasn't it?"
"Tell Lou to shut up and count the house the next time we come in here."
Later, at 19:04, Smith went at it with Harold Snepsts and, when Wicks failed to get the game under way, it became a brawl.
Maxwell got the better of Oddleifson, who said the Minnesota defenceman heckled him by saying, "I've been sent out here to get you." (Maxwell later denied having said it.)
Smyl then paired off with Greg Smith, Fraser tangled with Al MacAdam, John Grisdale fought Ron Zanussi and Hanlon charged to centre ice for a head-on collision with the other Minnesota goalie, Gilles Meloche.
Fraser was unmarked. But MacAdam was nursing a suspected broken knuckle which landed on Fraser's helmet. "He tagged me a couple of times." grinned MacAdam. "But you can't hurt this face."
Asked if anyone was hurt in the battle of the goaltenders, Hanlon replied, "yes, him." Meloche was sporting a shiner and a bruised hand.
From The Province:
Then Harold Snepsts later took a disliking to Smith and they fought, the latter not having been assessed a penalty for his earlier go with McIlhargey.
Said Smith: "I think Neale wanted to get something out of the game, so he sent those guys out. I have a lot of respect for him as a coach but that's his track record."
Said Snepsts: "He hit Glen from the back, so I went after him."
With Vancouver's tough guys out of the game, Stars' Bryan Maxwell appeared on the ice and goaded Chris Oddleifson, the latter having used his stick liberally. Oddleifson showed bad judgment in dropping his stick.
"Just one good one on the nose is all I got," said Oddleifson when asked if he had suffered another broken jaw.
Then Stan Smyl got tattooed by Greg Smith. His nose was broken.
"It breaks so easily now," he said with a smile, when people suggested he should feel right at home, having played most of his hockey at Queens Park Arena.
Simultaneously, Fraser took on Al MacAdam, a duel which seemed to favor the Minnesota player but interrogation of the combatants revealed otherwise.
"I got hit a few times, but how could you hurt a face like this," said MacAdam who also had a broken finger from hitting Fraser's head.
Finally, helpless referee Ron Wicks was able to get the game going and the grotesque display was ended.
Most absurd was MInnesota general manager Lou Nanne, who, when MacAdam and Greg Smith were getting the upperhand and Bobby Smith was holding his own with Snepsts, ran through the press box screaming: "I love it. I just love it. Those guys try to start something and we're standing up to them. I love it."
B. Smith Min, Snepsts Vcr, Oddleifson Vcr, Bryan Maxwell Min majors, Hanlon Vcr, Meloche Min (minors, majors, misconduct), Smyl Vcr, Zanussi Min, G. Smith Vcr, Grisdale Vcr majors, game misconducts 19:04.