NHLers fight through loophole in rule book | Hockey | CBC Sports

NHLNHLers fight through loophole in rule book

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 | 01:27 PM

Back to accessibility links
New York Islanders forward Brett Gallant, left, fights with New Jersey Devils winger Krys Barch during the third period on Thursday in Newark, N.J. (Bill Kostroun/Associated Press) New York Islanders forward Brett Gallant, left, fights with New Jersey Devils winger Krys Barch during the third period on Thursday in Newark, N.J. (Bill Kostroun/Associated Press)

Beginning of Story Content

New York Islanders forward Brett Gallant and New Jersey Devils tough guy Krys Barch found a loophole in the NHL rule book when they removed each other's helmets prior to a fight in a pre-season game on Thursday night.
Brett Gallant and Krys Barch challenged each other to a bout in an NHL exhibition game Thursday night, but before they began pummelling each other they exhibited civility not unlike duelling Englishmen.

But it wasn't a show of manners for the NHL forwards. The New York Islanders winger and his New Jersey Devils counterpart removed each other's helmets prior to the tilt to circumvent a new NHL rule. 

The rule prevents fighters from taking their own helmets off, punishable by an extra two minutes in the penalty box.

So what a better solution than to do the honours for your opponent? Effective, and rather humourous.

At first, it appeared Barch was about to remove his own helmet, but quickly put it back on and let Gallant do the honours.

Take a look at the spectacle below: 

End of Story Content

Back to accessibility links

Story Social Media

End of Story Social Media

Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.