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The Federal Hockey League officially became a beer league Friday

- March 30th, 2014

The Federal Hockey League has four teams – the Danbury (Conn.) Whalers, the Danville (Ill.) Dashers, the Dayton (OH) Demons and the Watertown (N.Y.) Privateers.

The league once had 10 teams, but most have folded — something that’s not surprising when you dig a little deeper.

Prior to Friday night’s Dayton-Danville game, the FHL had been referred to as a beer league.

It officially became a beer league during the third period of an eventual 4-0 Dayton win.

Just when it looked like Danville’s Matt Puntureri, a journeyman who once suited up for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, and Dayton’s Jess Felton, a career minor leaguer, were about to drop the gloves, they came together for a hug.

That’s right, a hug. A penalty wasn’t issued.

Then, Puntureri pulled a beer out of his pants and began to chug.

Some of the 850 in attendance loved it. Others hated it.

At least one person threw a drink at the pair as they shamelessly skated around the ice.

The FHL’s salary cap is less than $100,000 per season, according to Wikipedia.

And while the price of admission is undoubtedly low, it’s hard to believe those inside the arena got their monies worth.

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6 comments

  1. Tom | March 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    what a freaking joke–hope the league folds—

  2. Scott | March 31, 2014 at 8:21 am

    why do you have a link to a video that is Private ??? has been like this since the FHL story was put up.

  3. babe ruth | March 31, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Reggie Dunlop would not have approved.

  4. Boomer | March 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

    The video doesn’t work

  5. Ifor Parry | March 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

    This video is private? Thanks!

  6. John | March 31, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    money’s worth*

    Mocking the league for being a joke and yet you don’t know grammar as an author…

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