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Watch: Bench-Clearing Brawl Between China, Japan Ice Hockey Teams

Posted: 11/20/2014 3:13 pm

china japan ice hockey brawlBeijing has a decent shot at hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, and the country is looking to improve its chances at the games’ premier sport, ice hockey. But even though China’s team ranks 38th in the world, there is one part of the game they already seem to be good at: fighting, especially when it’s an old fashioned bench-clearing brawl.

This happened at the Asian Ice Hockey Championships between the Chinese team in white and the Japanese team in red.

READ: Is China Ready for the Toronto Maple Leafs? 

Bardown, a column on Canada’s TSN website, is thrilled about the development:

There are so many great things to mention about this brawl from the incredible amount of jumping in these fights — seriously why is there so much jumping? — to how incredibly long this fight goes before gloves are actually dropped. Lots of gloved punches in this by the way.

Not many details have been associated with this video, which published on Liveleak on October 25, other than there are a whole lot of white jerseys on the ice, and that is Bananarama’s Venus playing in the background all throughout.

Bench-clearing brawls are not new to Chinese sports. A wild melee involving several players broke out during a basketball game between a visiting Georgetown University team from the US and the Bayi Rockets in 2011.

In 2010, the Chinese Basketball Association issued an apology after tensions during an exhibition game with a visiting team from Brazil escalated into a bench clearing brawl. During the incident, Chinese players continued to attack Brazilian players as they walked away to the locker room even after both teams were separated. As a result, several fines and suspensions were handed out.

Here’s the video [NSFW due to language]:

Photo: The Hockey News

  • Zen my Ass

    I’d pay to see a serious brawl between the Chinese and the Canadians, or the Russians.

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