Sensational buildup. I knew it was coming the whole time but having that entire handshake take place without a single punch being thrown was the perfect buildup to what turned out to be a throughly enjoyable youth hockey fight. Bravo boys, bravo. If you are going to go at it with the opposition then you might as well have every single member of both teams involved. Nothing worse than an altercation between two or three players that is nothing more than a shoving match. Don't disrespect the sanctity of the postgame unless you are really willing to brawl. These kids chasing each other all over the rink and not hesitating to horse collar tackle their opponent at a moment's notice shows that they were dedicated to hurting one another. Talk about instilling that competitive spirit. All you can really ask from a bunch of communist 12 year olds that are playing a sport recreationally is to take it seriously enough to inflict as much harm on the other team as possible when the situation calls for it, and that's exactly what these kids did.
I think the only thing that we can learn from this video is that Ukrainians probably shouldn't be playing hockey. It couldn't be more obvious that those kids were raised in a war-torn country. One man went down and they were all ready to go to battle. Not one person was like "guys, what are we doing? The game is over". Nope. They were all ready to defend the honor of their colors without rhyme or reason. No bigger sign of a region whose youth shouldn't be playing a sport that requires the use a weapon. If that's not enough to make you question this league then the formation of the handshake line should be. You make it so two teams full of inherently violent brats have to circle back towards each other and one of them is bound to incite a riot. I am just glad that someone was mindful enough to videotape it, because nothing puts a smile on my face quite like a bunch of foreign little kids beating the piss out of each other.
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