Hockey Fight Takes Weird Turn as Players Hug and Break Out a Beer

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

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These two Federal Hockey League players dropped the gloves, but they never had the intention of fighting.

Although the Danville Dashers' Matt Puntureri and the Dayton Demonz's Jesse Felten appeared ready to square off during the third period of Friday night's game, the two players decided they'd rather be friends than beat each other up. Not many hockey "fights" end with a hug and a beer.

Update: Tuesday, April 1 at 6:24 p.m. ET

Both players were suspended after the game. Commissioner Don Kirnan explained why the players were disciplined, via the National Post's Sean Fitz-Gerald:

I mean, if they wanted to hug and kiss each other on the ice, that’s fine. That wouldn’t have bothered us. But you can’t bring a beer on the ice.


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According to the box score on Dayton's website, neither player was penalized.

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