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subota, 10. ožujka 2012.

Zagreb Medveščak & EC Kac In EBEL Hockey Brawl

 The gloves were off at Zagreb's Dom Sportova arena.  Photo: Davor Sajko from

This isn't the reason I would have liked to see  Zagreb Medveščak (Zagreb Bears) hockey team make it on the news around the globe, but oh well. No such thing as bad exposure I guess, almost. Just ask any aging alcoholic has-been out of work Hollywood actor, or Dick Van Dyke  (I never knew Dick Van Dyke even had a make-up artist, does that make him gay?)  Besides, at least more people will now know that we play hockey in Croatia, and have for over a hundred years now. I posted previously about the "Zagreb Bears" hockey team HERE, HERE, and HERE.

I guess I'm just quicky adding this one here because:

A) This "brawl" (I've seen footage of much bigger brawls than this obe over the years) was all over the internet the last few days, so I figured why not?

 B) Don Cherry might discuss this during his "Coaches Corner" segment and get all red in the face and tongue-tied pronouncing the various foreigner names.

C) Frank Banham's 70's gay Brazilian scatporn moustache. (Why do all the bar n' grill crowd around here in Cowtown like wearing them and asking strangers to join them in a 'Lemon Party'? That's weird.
D) It shows that rumours of the team and franchise being relocated and next season being known as the Yoshanichka Banya Marvelous Moose Men, a rumoured Serb left winger that is supposed to be on that team had a massive meltdown over the off-season recently though, too much homemade Serbian champagne. I'll keep you up to date)

More about this story that is reminiscent from the movie "Slapshot", on the links, and the all important video is at the bottom. (Complete with the penalty rundown)

Photo: Davor Sajko




There are journeymen, and then there's Frank Banham.

Since 1992, the now-36-year-old winger has played for 18 teams in Sweden, Russia, Austria and North America — including stints with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Phoenix Coyotes — before finding a home with Croatia's KHL Medveščak Zagreb.

(By the way, this club is expected to join the KHL soon, but it's not affiliated quite yet.)

In Austria's Erste Bank Eishockey Liga playoffs this week, Banham showed a little bit of that North American truculence in laying out Stefan Geier of EC KAC with a hit that should look familiar to any NHL fan: It's pretty much Matt Cooke on Marc Savard 2.0, as Banham skated by and casually targeted the head after Geier took a shot on goal.

Thinks get really interesting about 1:05 into this clip. Banham (and his Liev Schreiber from "Goon" mustache) leaves the penalty box after receiving a major and a misconduct for checking to the head, skating to the dressing room. But he stops after someone on EC KAC chirps him, and then we've got ourselves one of the most venomous and chaotic line brawls of the year — goalies included!

 Photo: Davor Sajko.

There's simply no reason why every line brawl shouldn't be scored by the Beastie Boys. Although we'd much prefer "Sabotage" for the kinetic thrill, or "Hey Ladies" for the surrealism.

According to the penalty rundown on the YouTube page, there were 239 penalty minutes stemming from this incident.

Goalies Robert Kristan and Andy Chiodo — he of the eight-game stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003-04 — were only given double-minors for roughing because the referees have a sense of humor about blocker-punches, apparently. We also liked the part where Kristan attempts to use one of Chiodo's straps as a dog leash near the end of their tussle.

Fun times, save for the initial hit and another deplorable moment: When Joel Prpic of Zagreb, a vowel-deficient former Boston Bruins prospect, pulled Andrei Zyuzin, who played for the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild, out of the pile and then pummelled him as he covered his head on the ice. Nasty scene right there.

Here are a couple of hastily translated articles on the fight from and Sportnet.

s/t Bob's Blitz; photo via Sportnet.

UPDATE: Some added info from Mislav Jantoljak:

"It is in fact true that the league has problems. Many of them. The first one would be inconsistent reffing and rules system which can be best explained by listening to Pierre Page that I sent you in the attachment. Secondly, there has been bad blood with the two teams since this happened (the guy delivering the hit didn't even get 2 mins.) But inconsistent reffing was the main reason behind what happened yesterday. Banham's statement: "I'm not a dirty player, just wanted to finish my check, but couldn't fully control the contact in the end. It was ugly." Here's one of the best pieces telling what happened."

  Zagreb Bears players highlighted in bold.

39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 7 NAGLICH Adam (Roughing)
39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 4 POKULOK Sasha (Roughing)
39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 38 BANHAM Frank (Checking to the head and neck Area)
39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 29 PRPIC Joel (Roughing)
39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 10 ZANOSKI Tomislav (Roughing)
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 7 NAGLICH Adam (Game Misconduct (GM))
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 4 POKULOK Sasha (Game Misconduct (GM))
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 38 BANHAM Frank (Match Penalty)
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 29 PRPIC Joel (Game Misconduct (GM))
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 10 ZANOSKI Tomislav (Game Misconduct (GM))
39:42 2 Min. 41:42 - 43:42 33 KRISTAN Robert (Roughing)
39:42 2 Min. 39:42 - 41:42 33 KRISTAN Robert (Roughing)
39:42 2 Min. 39:42 - 41:42 11 TRUKHNO Vyacheslav (Roughing)
39:42 2 Min. 39:42 - 29 PRPIC Joel (Roughing)
39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 89 HERBURGER Raphael (Roughing)
39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 27 HUNDERTPFUND Thomas (Roughing)
39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 17 HAGER Gregor (Roughing)
39:42 5 Min. 39:42 - 14 REICHEL Johannes (Roughing)
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 89 HERBURGER Raphael (Game Misconduct (GM))
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 27 HUNDERTPFUND Thomas (Game Misconduct (GM))
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 17 HAGER Gregor (Game Misconduct (GM))
39:42 20 Min. 39:42 - 14 REICHEL Johannes (Game Misconduct (GM))
39:42 2 Min. 39:42 - 7 RATZ Herbert (Roughing)
39:42 2 Min. 39:42 - 31 CHIODO Andy (Roughing)
39:42 2 Min. 39:42 - 31 CHIODO Andy (Roughing)

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