West Coast Rink Rants
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A pretty odd occurrence happened last night in the Sharks-Flames game.

After Andre Roy of the Flames and Alexei Semeonov of San Jose participated in a fight they were both shuffled to the penalty box to serve their five minute penalties, however, the officials did not assess them with the standard five minutes.

For whatever reason, they were only given two minute minor penalties for roughing.

A roughing penalty is usually dispersed when a player(s) exchanges punches with their gloves on or are involved in a scrum or player pile up that does not expose bare knuckles.

These two guys clearly dropped their gloves and had a traditional exchange.

Now, what I'm thinking is that the ref's who made the call were being cynical and decided that the fight was not good enough to be deemed a decent fight and after you watch this I think you will agree.

If this is some kind of new unwritten rule, I am all for it.

Surely guys who desecrate the high art form of the hockey fight should be punished for it.

If two guys don't give the fans the fireworks that every good fight should produce, send them to the box and let them think about it, hell show them a clip an old Behn Wilson or Bob Probert fight while they are serving the 2 minute minor for pitty patting, anything that will give us a beauty scrap like the real fight of the night we will see.

Of course, I am only being sarcastic, because most anyone who is willing to drop the gloves every now and then is alright in my book, even if it is Andre Roy.

Our true fight of the night did not take place in the NHL, AHL, or any Junior League, it happened in the AA minor league ECHL in 1999.

While the ECHL does not come close to churning out the talent that the AHL does its teams are NHL afiliates and top level players like Olaf Kolzig, Tomas Vokoun and Tim Thomas came from there.

It is also a great breeding ground for some of the tougher, fighting players in the NHL as well.

The league serves a purpose and I am a fan.

The fight we will see is between Ken Tasker of Richmond and Trevor Senn of Toledo, a couple of brilliantly tough hockey players.

Neither of these guys ever made the pros, but they are minor league legends and this bout between the two is one of the great classics.

-MB

 

Double Minor Penalty?

 

Senn vs. Tasker!!!!

 

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