It’s not often cops have to break up a fight between two hockey players.
And by cops, I don’t mean linesmen. Real cops, the ones without skates, dudes with handcuffs and handguns on their hips.
Then again, it’s not often you see a fight like the one between AHLers Bobby Shea (“A fine Irish lad,” I can hear Don Cherry say) of the Rockford IceHogs and Ty Rattie of the Chicago Wolves. This one can be counted among the truly bizarre, people.
After scrapping on the ice late in the second period Friday night in Chicago, Shea and Rattie headed for their respective dressing rooms. Shea thought about getting an early start on the intermission but, clearly, changed his mind while walking down the tunnel to the room.
Then things got weird.
Shea dropped to his knees and crawled — yes, crawled, apparently so he wouldn’t damage his skate blades or to avoid the police with his cat-like quickness — across the concrete to get at Rattie. He started swinging again before local lawmen jumped in and broke it up.
The video is way too long so feel free to scroll to about the 14:20 mark to see the fun begin.
“That was something else,” Rattie told the Chicago Tribune. “He crawled. I don’t know why he crawled. He could have just walked across. It was weird. He got me with one (punch) and the cops jumped in.”
Shea might regret his actions after the fact. I’ve got to think this will result in a lengthy suspension for the 23-year-old defenceman.
(UPDATE: The AHL suspended Shea for eight games Saturday evening. According to the AHL “Shea was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline) as a result of his game misconduct for fighting off the playing surface, as well as for an elbowing incident.)