Watch This Bench Brawl Between The Huntsville Havoc And Mississippi Surge Of The SPHL (VIDEO)
The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) is known as a fighting league, and recenntly, the Huntsville Havoc and Mississippi Surge engaged in an epic line brawl that will serve to enhance that reputation.
If you fancy yourself a hockey brawl connoisseur, you’ve come to the right place. This brawl had absolutely EVERYTHING. Individual fights, melees, sucker punches, and at the end some guy grabs a stick and starts spearing people. You really have to watch the full video because even when you think it’s about to end, some Yahoo throws a sucker punch and it starts up again. This is worse than the hockey brawl that broke out between 10-year old Russian tykes.
I spent a training camp with the Richmond Renegades of the SPHL back in 2008, and this brawl doesn’t surprise me in the least. Back in ’08, I played an exhibition game against the Knoxville Ice Bears where there were seven fights in the first two periods of the game. We were told at the intermission to stop fighting because there was a “seven fight rule” in the SPHL. Apparently teams in the SPHL would get fined if they fought more than seven times in a game. I’m not sure if our coach was serious, but his expression told me he was dead serious.
How tough was this league on the body? We played five games in five nights, in five different cities. Going into that camp, I had a bad shoulder the occasionally dislocated, and after those five days it was being held together by bandages, ice, tylenol, smelling salts, and a mysterious blue pill that alleviated pain.
Not a good way to live.
On my final day in Richmond I reached for a glass of orange juice at a team breakfast, and my shoulder slipped out of place. That’s when my hockey
pipe dream officially came to an end.
The other funny thing about the SPHL is that when a fight breaks out, music comes on over the loud speakers, the players often circle to centre ice, and everyone forms a circle like it’s a death match. If you are wondering what I mean, check out the second video below…