Skip to comments.WATCH: Joe Thornton has a handful of his beard ripped out during fight
Posted on 01/05/2018 4:55:46 PM PST by nickcarraway
At least Nazem Kadri had the decency to return the beard to its (former) owner
Thursday night's Sharks-Maple Leafs game in Toronto got off to a rather interesting (and hairy) start.
Prior to the game's opening faceoff, San Jose center Joe Thornton and Leafs center Nazem Kadri lined up at the dot and got into a little skirmish. It appears both of them were feeling quite irritable heading into the game, for whatever reason.
Not the way anyone expected Leafs/Sharks to start. Nazem Kadri and Joe Thornton get mad at each other in the faceoff dot, both get thrown out of the circle and then fight two seconds into the game.
They were both thrown out of the faceoff, but things didn't end there. After the puck was dropped, Thornton and Kadri squared up to chuck some knucks. As the two players wildly swung at each other, Kadri attempted to grab onto Thornton's jersey collar, as is pretty standard practice in a hockey fight.
Unfortunately for Thornton, who sports a very glorious beard, his facial hair got in the way of Kadri's grip. As a result, a portion of the beard was ripped straight out of his face.
One would imagine that didn't exactly feel great for the 38-year-old Thornton, but it's quite funny to see Kadri casually drop a handful of beard to the ice like he accidentally found a very large dust bunny.
The hair eventually found its ways over to the Sharks bench, where it was gawked at and preserved as a souvenir.
Poor Jumbo Joe. On the bright side, there's still plenty more where that came from.
I usually find your threads to be so nonsensical that I pass them by, but this is hilarious! Cant stand Joe as a player and my word, the beard is gross!!
Only had one hockey fight. “Pond hockey” in rural Michigan. Neither of us got in a good punch and then our mothers broke it up! We were maybe seven or eight. Switched to goal in seventh grade and never had another fight.
Don't much care for him either. Sure wouldn't like to fight him!
When I watched hockey as a kid back in the 1970s and 1980s, guys like Clark Gillies and Dwight Foster had beards all year long and they looked good with them. Thornton looks kind of ridiculous and so do all of these other overcoached, overpaid, overdressed, over the top little creeps who just have to have them come playoff time.
How can you not like Joe Thornton? His home rink is a few miles away. And he lives not to far from where I live.
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When I played in the 70`s, if you dropped your gloves you went to the box. I egged a few to drop theirs, then skated away. The only real fight I remember was when I was leaving the ice when the game ended and a hockey dad jumped down and started wailing on me. I was slipping and sliding on the slick flooring when his finger ended up in my mouth. I chomped down and that sucker screamed until the coach broke it up. They were concerned that I was hurt because of the blood on my face but it was not mine.
I had to go in front of the board and defend myself. The guy was mad because I cleanly checked his kid who had to leave the game.
I was actually called to the Head Brothers office the next day and was scolded for playing to rough.
I don't know how the NHL addresses that these days, but the beard-yanking should have gotten Kadri ejected, if intentional.
I’m a lightning fan and I heard about Thornton getting his beard ripped off...The Sharks are good, thou...
Kadri is a little bitch who will get his somewhere down the line. Reminds me of Burrows pulling Duncan Keith’s hair. Similar situation in beer league. The hair puller in the scrap eventually left the game and was out for a while after when he was ran over in a later goal mouth scrum. After everything settled down, someone I knew from the other team told me later-”that a##h*** deserved everything he got.
Me neither! Lol
Goalie was a good switch, a random tussle might break out but otherwise...
Unless your lundquest (sp) who doesnt mind whacking at players! Dirt ball that he is
Just saw that Calgary is going to release Jagr, this might be the end of the line for him.
I wonder if Pittsburgh would sign him to a one day contract.
End his career where it began.
That’s what I’m thinking.
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