Wild stick-swinging, punch-throwing Russian brawl leads to 790 PIM

Watch as this Russian hockey brawl goes from rough to ugly, with players from Moscow’s Night Hockey League spearing and swinging from the bench as the fighting continues on the ice.

So this is pretty wild.

In an amateur hockey league in Russia, translated as Night Hockey League Moscow, a crazy brawl broke out between two teams called Hammer and Yuga. It’s one you have to see to believe – and it has two phases to it.

Phase 1: A hit and post-whistle scrum between two players along the boards attracts a crowd that quickly gets a little out of control. Everyone involved starts throwing punches (and there are some pretty dirty sucker punches in there), but after a few seconds the players kind of break themselves up and the crowd dissipates.

Overall, fairly tame for a brawl, right?

Well, let's move on to Phase 2.

As the two referees discuss which penalties they're going to call one of Hammer's players is having words with a few players on Yugan's bench when one of Yugan's players throws something (snow or tape perhaps) at Hammer's bench. And that's when all hell breaks loose. If you were appalled or entertained by Phase 1, then Phase 2 takes it to the next level.

Swinging sticks, spears, butt-ends and more punches turned this scuffle into an all-out brawl.

It appears on the game sheet (which you can find here) that all this happened 1:30 into the third period. It doesn't look as though anything especially brutal happened in either of the first two periods to set off this chain of events.

In total, the two teams racked up 322 penalty minutes, though some of these must have been game misconducts.

What the video doesn't show is the chaos that ensued later in the period. The two teams added another 468 penalty minutes the rest of the way, 245 of which came after time had run out. That's 790 total penalty minutes in one period.

Oh, and Yugan won the game 3-2.

So we're left with one question: Where the heck are the linesmen?