So much for the stereotype of the peaceful, easy going Canadians, eh? Aren’t you supposed to riot when you WIN something?
You gotta admit those Canadians are crazy about their hockey. Certainly crazy enough to show up at a frigid ice arena to watch the game with nothing but bod paint to cover her, uh, “top half.” Actually not a bad paint job, but the fabric looks a bit stretched out if you ask me. You’d think Vancouver would have some kind of rules against this, but then again, it is Canada where almost anything goes when it comes to hockey. Did anyone happen to catch this during the broadcast of a the game? Link contains for SFW and NSFW versions of the pictures. Proceed at your own risk.
Fighting okay in the NHL (and encourages) and now, apparently, so is finger biting. At least the league is consistent.
At this point, at least, it appears the poor guy with great seats behind the bench is just clapping his hands when Rick “You Talkin’ to Me?” Rypien goes after him. The Minnesota Wild fan is eventually pulled from his seat by security, but it was probably for his own safety at that point.
Wonder what the guy said? “Hey Rypien, nice full set of teeth you have there? Floss much?”
Okay: typical rough NHL game, players jaw, but instead of throwing punches, one of them, New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski, makes on obscene gesture as a taunt of an opposing player. No, not that one with your middle finger. Another one that, while obvious when you see it, does not make it clear as to what Wisniewski was trying to make with it: his opponent, uh, likes oral sex? Likes giving oral sex? Is gay or could be gay? What? WHAT?
Whatever he meant by it, the league didn’t like it and suspended him for two games. For his part Wisniewski claims he doesn’t remember doing it. The gesture, we assume.
Who’s at fault for a drunken brawl? The guy with the deepest pockets, of course. In this case, NHL player Mikhail Grabovski Toronto Maple Leafs. He got involved in a fight during the Vancouver Olympics last winter and allegedly punched a guy wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey. (And really, can you blame him?)
Brabovski was never arrested because, according to the hard working Vancouver cops, they didn’t lay charges because there was “no likelihood of conviction against anyone.” Or maybe there was just too much paperwork.
A civil lawsuit, on the other hand, is pretty easy to file.
Dylan Richardson and his wife Brenna allege in the suit they were assaulted by Grabovski in a brawl in Vancouver during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In the B.C. Supreme Court suit, filed Sept. 14, the Richardsons lay out a long list of injuries to Dylan.
The suit claimed Dylan Richardson, an autobody finishing technician in nearby Langley, B.C., was in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 20 when Grabovski punched him in the face. Richardson lost consciousness and fell to the ground, the suit alleged.
“Immediately after striking the plaintiff Dylan Richardson with the intent to further humiliate and denigrate (him), the defendant assaulted and committed a battery on the plaintiff Brenna Richardson by punching (her) in the face,” the court document said.
The suit alleged Dylan Richardson has suffered a head injury, multiple facial fractures requiring reconstructive surgery, a back injury, trauma to his mouth, teeth and eyes, memory loss, a change in personality and ongoing headaches, among other things. The Richardsons are seeking damages for lost income and health-care costs, as well as punitive damages.
Grabovski, who was attending the Olympics with the Belarus hockey team, was arrested by Vancouver police after the confrontation, but never charged.
NHL’s Grabovski sued by B.C. couple over alleged beating during 2010 Olympics (Winnipeg Free Press)