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.

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


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


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.