Normally, you would think it is not. But is there any point where the line is crossed into criminal behavior?
Hockey is known as a violent sport but things took a turn for the worse on Saturday night between the Colorado Eagles and Odessa Jackalopes in an exhibition game.
After six fights in the first two minutes of the third period, Colorado player Brad Macmillian sucker-punched unaware Jacks player Dave Van Drunen, who then crumpled to the ice before a melee ensued.
Van Drunen suffered a broken jaw and broken nose and had surgery on Sunday morning to insert five plates and 18 screws.
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The Jacks confirmed that they have pressed charges against Macmillian and that more charges could be filed against others involved in the incident.
Perfect fodder for Internet debate. Go to it.