Did anyone go to the fight at the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday? Suddenly, a hockey game broke out. That would probably be the best way to describe this year’s charity match-up of the NYPD versus the city's bravest. But somebody forgot to tell them it was for a good cause.
Trading handcuffs and ladders for fisticuffs
The NYPD and FDNY were playing a tight, somewhat sloppy 3-3 contest until the second period of Sunday’s game. Without warning, both benches cleared out onto the ice like they were charging the Bastille.
For a short while, it was one big mass of flailing fists and elbows. Gloves and sticks were loosely strewn about everywhere, typical of most NHL battles, but at an annual charity game? It was clear that more than just the score was at stake.
Fans watched as referees struggled to stop the giant scuffle. This may have been entertainment but by no means was it professional wrestling. The two goalies were the only skaters not fighting. Although, when they bumped each other at center ice during the melee, things looked a bit dicey. They never came to blows.
According to a NY Post article by Larry Celona and David K. Li published Apr. 6, 2014, “NYC cops, firemen get in massive brawl at charity hockey game,” “a YouTube video of the thuggish display captured fans loudly chanting ‘PD sucks, PD sucks’ during the brouhaha.”
Elsewhere, newyork.cbslocal.com suggests the Coliseum clash was comparable to those of “the NHL during the 1970s and ’80s.”
After a lengthy delay, play finally resumed and the NYPD won 8-5. For now, the police own hometown bragging rights.