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Bloodied Stempniak removes own tooth after losing fight

- November 17th, 2013
Lee Stempniak

Andrew Ference and Lee Stempniak throw down.
(QMI Agency)

The Battle of Alberta isn’t exactly a battle of importance these days.

Involved are the last place (Edmonton Oilers) and second-last place (Calgary Flames) teams in the Western Conference — two clubs struggling at different points of the so-called rebuilding process.


Nevertheless, the rivalry was renewed Saturday night as the squads met for the first time this season. It didn’t disappoint, at least from an old-school hockey perspective.

Exhibit A: Oilers captain Andrew Ference made Flame Lee Stempniak pay for a clean hit deep in Edmonton’s zone.

Late in the first period, the veteran winger decked Ference a few feet from the end boards. Ference immediately began harassing Stempniak until both combatants were gloveless.

Guess who won?

Covered in blood and a little woozy following the tilt, Stempniak performed some quick dental work on himself (1:20 in the clip below).

This act instantly placed Mr. Stempniak in the same company as John Tavares, Pascal Dupuis and Krys Barch – all tooth-pullers in the (still young) 2013-14 NHL season.

Stempniak, who is not known for his physicality, actually fought for the second time in three days on Saturday.

Thursday, he engaged in his first tussle of the year, dancing with Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars.

Like versus Ference, Stempniak didn’t seem too enthused when things got into potential fight zone. He “fought” Dillon, according to the game sheet, but didn’t land a single punch.

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4 comments

  1. Jeff | November 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Classless for Ferrence. Calvary will get their pound of flesh, but it might not be Ferrence who pays it. May be RNH or some other tough guy like Eberle, or Yak. Forced into a fight by a Jackman or Bouma. classless and stupid.

  2. brett | November 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I know people love the fights…I think it depends on your mentality. When I was a kid, I thought the fights were exciting, but I never understood why hockey didnt care about sportsmanship. I played hockey in highschool and disagree that fighting is ineveitable , part of the game , etc…it is weak and poor sports,manship, If the refs were trained properly, not by Bettman, and video was usedas a resource for officiating. like any fool would,the NHL would improve.

  3. MDJohn | November 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Ference forcing Stempniak into a fight after Stempniak’s clean hit on Ference is an example of bad hockey and about what is wrong with NHL hockey right now. Is Ference too much of a wimp to accept a clean check? Compare to the bigger sports, such as the NFL: if Adrian Peterson is tackled clean but hard by Clay Matthews, does Peterson then start a fight? Of course not. Ference showed himself to be a big wimpy baby. He seemed that way when he was with the Bruins and he’s showed it again now.

  4. JT | November 19, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Ference was must have thought it was Stempniak who ran him into the boards from behind a few seconds earlier. If Stempniak didn’t want to fight he should have left his gloves on.

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