Apr 30, 2016 16:20 ET
|One of the more infamous riots in hockey...|
Legend has it that coaches Bill Laforge of Oshawa and Peterborough's Dave Dryden slugged it out at centre ice. Don't know if they actually were throwing punches, but they did have a confrontation. These stories tend go get blown up in the media. There was a pic in the paper with them nose to nose on the ice.
From the Oshawa Times:
Pre-game warmup turned hot
Oshawa Generals and Peterborough Petes put on quite a display Tuesday night at the Civic Auditorium before a hockey game broke out.
With the intensity of a fifth and deciding playoff game a dominant factor, it didn't take much for tempers to flare.
Following several verbal exchanges, Jeff Crawford of Oshawa and Petes captain Dave Morrison squared off and it wasn't long before everyone on the ice got into the fray.
The altercation blossomed to the extent Durham Regional Police entered the scene in their quest to restore order.
Peterborough coach Dave Dryden, who at one point went toe-to-toe with Generals' Bill LaForge, was still fuming following their 6-2 loss.
"I have no respect for a hockey team that figures the only way they can beat us is to fight before a game," he said. "It has to be premeditated. I can't see it any other way."
"Rules state that their players stay on their side of centre and we stay on ours. They came over to our side and you saw what happened."
LaForge, who was enjoying a coffee in the press room when the fights broke out, said the first thing he saw was Dryden on the ice.
A heated exchange of words ensued before the two resorted to fisticuffs.
Generals' Pat Poulin took on Andre Hidi and the Oshawa player got the worst of it, suffering a concussion. He was admitted to Oshawa General Hospital.
LaForge went through the Peterborough gate to go back to the press room when he was attacked by several Petes players in the hallway.
From the Peterborough Examiner:
Petes bow out after bloody pre-game brawl
By MIKE BROPHY
Examiner Staff Writer
OSHAWA - The season may be over for Peterborough Petes but there still me be plenty of off-the-ice action.
A massive, bloody, full-scale brawl instigated by Oshawa Generals in the pre-game warmup involving players, both coaches, some fans and four members of the Durham Regional Police Forces, may lead to criminal charges being filed against the Generals by the Petes.
Oshawa won the game 6-2 and the Leyden division best-of-five quarter-final series 3-2 and will advance to the divisional semi-finals against Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The loss ends the Petes' three-year reign as OHL champions.
Petes' coach and manager Dave Dryden, who became embroiled with Oshawa coach Bill LaForge after trying to separate some of the fighting players, said he will talk to the Petes' owners today and tell them what happened.
"I'm going to fill the executive in on what happened and it will be up to them to do what they want," said Dryden after the game, adding that it would have to be the executive's decision to lay any charges.
Pre-game warmup procedure does not include having game officials present and Durham Regional Police officers, dressed in street shoes, were hampered in their efforts to stop the on-ice brawling of players wearing skates.
Referee Jim Lever, who was in the midst of dressing for the game, did get to the ice after most of the brawling had subsided and managed to get the teams off the ice on opposite sides of the arena.
The incident then, however, spread to the Petes' dressing room corridor where LaForge and Petes' Doug Evans became involved in a messy fight. Evans was cut badly in the head during the exchange and had to receive repairs from team doctor John Martyn. His face and sweater were covered with blood.
During the fight in the corridor, an Oshawa fan - who jumped into the fracas from the stands - tried to pull Petes' Larry Floyd and Ken Strong out of the arena.
Dryden who insists that the brawl was premeditated by Oshawa, plans to discuss the matter with league commissioner David Branch today. Dryden is not only concerned about the conduct of the Oshawa coach but also with an illegal stick used by Generals' Jeff Crawford during the warmup.
A Peterborough player grabbed the stick after the brawl and took it to the dressing room, where it was discovered during the second intermission by injured forward Bob Carruth, to be lengthened by an additional six inches of wood at the butt end wrapped in steel and masking tape. Petes still have the stick and plan to show it to Branch.
On Crawford's first shift in the third period, Dryden asked referee Jim Lever to check the stick he (Crawford) was using but when Lever did, he found it to be perfectly legal.
"My thing is, then, what was he (Crawford) doing using a stick like that during the game?" said Dryden. "As an athlete, it makes me mad to see hockey degenerate to this. I don't want the OHL to support this type of hockey. Maybe LaForge can't appreciate the way the game is supposed to be played, and not having played hockey for 15 years like did. It's a shame to see hockey turn into roller derby."
LaForge said that Evans "hit me in the head with his stick" to start the corridor fight but Evans, who was under strict orders from Dryden, not to discuss the incident replied, "How could I hit him in the head with my stick when my helmet and gloves were out on the ice?"
Petes' captain Dave Morrison was right in the middle when things broke out.
"There are certain rules about pre-game warmup and one is that you stay on your own side of centre ice," Morrison said. "Mitch (Lamoureux) and Crawford were standing on our side so I decided to skate around them, ending up on their side. Number 10, (Bob Kucheran) gave me a shot with his stick so I turned around. We shoved each other and then Crawford came in with his stick up. He hit me right over the head with his stick and that's when the whole donnybrook started. I couldn't believe he would do something like that."
The first real fight to break out was between Doug Evans and Oshawa's Craig Kitchener. While they went at it, Petes' Jim Wiemer and Oshawa's Barry Tabobondung; Petes' Mark Evans with Gens' Steve Konroyd and then with Mike Lekun. Poulin received a concussion and large gash in his forehead in his duel with Hidi and missed the game. There were no fights during the game except for a minor altercation between Kevin Hamlin and Oshawa's Dan Revell. Both received double roughing minors.
Dryden said he only stepped on the ice to try and break up the fights. He said that after watching what was happening, he had a feeling it was all planned by Oshawa.
When Dryden tried to break up the fights, he was jumped by LaForge, who ripped Dryden's suit.
"LaForge insulted me for being on the ice trying to break up the players," said Dryden. "He told me to get off the ice and leave the players alone to do their thing. I refused to get off. It was obvious to me that he wasn't there to try and help break things up."
"It got to the point where I saw Hidi, Morrison and Wiemer fighting. I wasn't about to let my best players fight. Then I saw both of my goalies involved in fights. All you have to do is go down the list of players involved for both teams and you'll know it was premeditated."
None of the Gens' top scorers or goalies were involved in fights.
"I remember Crawford going on our side of the ice and he had words with Morrison," Dryden said. "Then I saw Crawford's stick come up and hit Davey in the head. That's when I said to myself that, there's no way I was just going to stand there. I went out to break things up."
When the game was over, Dryden and the players refused to shake hands with any of the Oshawa players or their management.
"I don't respect their organization and I figure we should only shake hands with those we respect," said Dryden. "We decided as a team during our time out (taken wit h25 seconds remaining in the game) that we would only shake hands with our own players in the dressing room."
When order was restored and the game finally did get underway, Generals' goalie Greg Stefan was the obvious difference between the two clubs. Petes totally dominated the first period, out-shooting Oshawa 17-12 but trailed 3-0 after 20 minutes.
"You often wonder what spurs a team on to play the way they do," said Petes' Morrison. "After I saw LaForge do what he did to Dougie, I know why they play the way they do. How old is LaForge, in his 30s? He's supposed to have more maturity than that."
Generals led the entire league in penalty minutes during the regular season with 3,204; an average of 47.1 minutes per game. Their closest rivals in that department were Kitchener Rangers at 2,102; an average of 30.0 per game. Petes had the second cleanest penalty record in the league with only 1,621 minutes, and average of 23.8 per game. Oshawa had 52 bench penalties, also the highest in the league.
Coach claims Oshawa action was premeditated
By MIKE BROPHY
Examiner Staff Writer
OSHAWA - Peterborough Petes' coach and manager Dave Dryden says a pre-game brawl between his team and the Oshawa Generals here last night was premeditated by the Oshawa team and he will go to Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch with his accusations.
The Petes and Generals, preparing for the fifth and final game of their OHL Leyden division best-of-five quarter-final series game, became involved in a 20-minute bloody brawl after Oshawa players crossed into the Peterborough zone during the warmup.
Dryden supports his charge of Oshawa's premeditation by nothing that only his best players were the target of attack by Oshawa players, a Generals' player was carrying a stick that was later found to be illegal (it had an additional six inches of wood at the butt-end covered by steel and masking tape), and all of Oshawa's better players - including both goalies - stayed out of the brawls.
When Dryden tried to help Durham Regional policemen break up the fights, he was attacked by Oshawa coach Bill LaForge and shoved to the ice. Dryden's suit jacked was ripped in the exchange.
"LaForge insulted me for being on the ice trying to break up the players," said Dryden. "He told me to get off the ice and let the players do their thing. I refused to get off. It's obvious to me that he wasn't there to break it up. All you have to do is go down the list of who was involved from both teams to see it was pre-meditated by Oshawa."
Referee Jim Lever didn't get on the ice until the brawl had almost ended. According to league commissioner David Branch, the referee isn't obligated to be on the ice during warmup; the coaches are responsible for their teams.
"The referee simply has to file a complete report of what transpires," said Branch.
Branch, who was in Ottawa last night watching another playoff game, said he couldn't make any comment until he had the game report and talked with team officials form both Peterborough and Oshawa.
"I haven't seen any report yet or spoken to the referee," said Branch this morning. "There's a multitude of things that we have to look at before we can make any comment."
Dryden said he would be talking with Petes' owners today and it would be up to them to press any charges against the Generals or LaForge, who fought with Petes' players Doug Evans in the corridor after the teams had headed to their dressing room to cool down. Evans was badly cut in the fight and required medical attention.
"We haven't discussed it at all yet," said Petes' governor Ed Rowe, who arrived at the game after the fight was over. "I wasn't there; I wish I had been, We'll have to talk about charges being laid. We don't want to appear like cry-babies but we have a responsibility to our team and players."
Generals were the most penalized team in the OHL this season and recently were fined $1,000 by the league for their part in a fight in Toronto against the Marlboros. Their goalie Greg Stefan was suspended for six games (five league, one playoff) for his actions during that fight.
Laforge was suspended for the next season, so he went and coached the Regina Pats of the WHL. They had so many fights in their first few exhibition games that the WHL introduced automatic game misconducts the next season for fighting in the preseason.