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Video: Leafs’ Broll and Sabres’ McCormick remove own helmets during scrap

Sep 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

David Broll of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Cody McCormick of the Buffalo Sabres dropped the gloves during Saturday’s exhibition.

But they also removed their own helmets, which landed them each extra two-minute minors, in addition to the major for fighting.

You’ll recall two days ago, when Brett Gallant of the New York Islanders and Krys Barch of the New Jersey Devils removed each others’ helmets before trading punches.

That’s one way of getting around the new rule, which gives players an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty if they remove their own helmet before a scrap.

  1. sabatimus - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    What happens when guys like Steve Ott challenge someone to a fight only to back off while the other player removes his helmet? Or if somebody feigns taking his helmet off while the other guy takes his off? Also, while the Broll/McCormick situation was properly penalized, it’s just an extra (and offsetting) 2 minutes. Why should non-skill pugilists care? They may see it as a de facto circumvention of the rules, or at least extra time that they’re willing to sit.

  2. buffalo65 - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Love hockey, but the fighting is just stupid. Proves nothing.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      I’m glad you don’t understand the game

  3. oquintero99 - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I cant wait for the day when fighting is not allowed anymore.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      I can’t wait for the day idiots like you stop pretending to like hockey

    • dueman - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      @oquintero99 – I’m sure there is enough seats for you and your friends at your local figure skating rink. I’m willing to bet that your husband won’t mind if, you and you lady friends go, and enjoy yourselves for the evening, while they watch the hockey game!

  4. anthj99 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Another easy way around this stupid rule is for guys to unsnap their helmets and prop them up high on their heads before squaring off. Once they engage eachother the helmets will fall off before the first punch even lands. This is just one of many recent dumb rules the idiots in charge are trying to ruin the game with.

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