A brawl between the New York Police Department and Fire Department broke out Sunday during an annual charity hockey game, which delayed the game for 25 minutes.
The fight began during the second period with a score of 3-3. It started as a one-on-one battle but quickly escalated into multiple individual struggles. Within five minutes from the first fight’s start, the benches had been entirely cleared.
“It was reminiscent of the old-time Rangers-Flyers games in the mid-70s,” an NYPD cop who was at the game at the Nassau Coliseum said. “I was waiting for [legendary Philadelphia Flyers enforcer] Dave Schultz to come out on the ice.”
The game was delayed for 25 minutes as equipment was picked up off the ground and referees made lists of penalties.
Despite numerous black eyes and bruises, no one was seriously injured.
When the game continued, the NYPD eventually won 8-5 against the FDNY, which was their first victory in six years.