A youth hockey game in Russia turned into a giant brawl that lasted more than two minutes with seemingly no interference from adults, and now video of the fracas is going viral on the internet.
The fight came from a tournament in Novokuznetsk, Russia, and involved all of the young players on the ice squaring off and beating each other senselessly. The players are around 10 or 11 years old and appear oblivious to the unspoken rules of fighting on the ice.
At several points during the Russian youth hockey brawl, players in white jerseys surround and gang up on players from the blue team (in professional hockey fights are strictly one-on-one).
Other players continue punching opponents after they have stopped fighting back (the Yahoo! Sports block Puck Daddy notes that at the 1:08 mark, a player in white “all Ralphie on Scut Farkus” as he actually sits on his opponent to land more blows).
The video of the giant Russian youth hockey brawl has gone viral as several sports blogs have picked it up. Deadspin noted the popularity of the clip is in its sheer bizarreness of it all:
“These are kids. These are kids on skates absolutely beating the crap out of each other for a solid 2 minutes. At two separate points in time on this video a child flies in the air, tackles another child and continues to beat the crap out of him. Near the end, one kid has another kid pinned down and is wailing on him. The referees appear incapable of tearing these children off one another. There is weird, Russian rap.”
But the strangest part of the Russian youth hockey brawl isn’t the behavior of the children on the ice but instead the adults. The coaches from both teams seemed content to let the players fight out their differences, waiting a full two minutes before coming onto the ice to stop them.