The mother of all youth hockey brawls
We've all heard stories of youth sports parents getting out of hand and threatening violence. (OK, punching each other's — and volunteer refs' — lights out.) We're not even stunned anymore when we hear about the kids copying their parents and trading haymakers. But what went down on the ice in Novokuznetsk, Russia, recently (between a bunch of kids believed to be in the 9-10 range) was downright medieval.
As you can see in the video below, for more than two solid minutes, kids punch, kick, swing sticks — and literally fly head over heels (check the 51-second mark) — in a brawl that puts the best NHL goons to shame. Near the end, seemingly the entire team in white flies in to dog pile on one kid in blue!
Since the video was first posted to YouTube on May 12, you would think this would be one instance where reactions would be pretty unanimous. Think again.
Sure, Deadspin was rendered nearly speechless .
And Twitter had its fair share of comments.
Reminder: This INSANE youth hockey brawl is the most Russian thing ever hypervocal.com/vids/2013/yout…— Slade Sohmer (@SladeHV) May 14, 2013
Russian Youth Hockey Brawl Trumps Every NHL Fight Ever bzfd.it/17sxyMB— Cally4President (@dbrower925) May 15, 2013
That Russian youth hockey brawl was intense.Love how absolutely no parents or adults wet out on the ice to stop it.Great job adults.— Tony Young (@TonyEYoung) May 15, 2013
But for some, this was no big deal at all. After all, the video itself is set to Russian rap music, and do you see any referees in any sort of hurry to break any of this up? (Again, these are K-I-D-S!)
According to a Huffington Post translation, one comment left on the video's YouTube page read, "This is not violence but simply a fight between boys. If my son had been involved, I would not have intervened."
Another one, according to HP, stated that the melee was actually a necessity "to defend the honor of the team."
And maybe that's understandable. After all, this happened in Russia in November 2012.
And earlier this year, this happened in the girls' final of the Russian Winter Student Games!
And it's not like this only happens in Russia. This 48-year-old Vancouver coach got jail time for tripping a 13-year-old player .
And this isn't isolated to the ice, either.
In October 2012, this brawl in an under-21 soccer match in Serbia resulted in criminal charges.
Heck, in boxing, ex-girlfriends brawl at the viewing for an all-time legend.
But ultimately, Hollywood wins. None of the above compares to this brawl.