A brawl in ice hockey is about as rare as a drunk on Melbourne Cup day but when one ends in a six-week suspension for a player then it must be a doozy.
And that is exactly what happened when the Rockford Ice Hogs and the Lake Erie Monsters got into a short line brawl at the end of the second period of an AHL clash. Things cooled down … until Patrick Bordeleau of the Monsters started beating the stuffings out of Dylan Olsen of the Ice Hogs.
Who would save this Rockford player from utter destruction? MY GAWD THAT'S ANDREW SHAW'S MUSIC!
Shaw is the Chicago Blackhawks forward famous for his spirited play and infamous for his steamrolling of Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, costing him a 3-game suspension.
After his WWE-style run-in from the bench to fight Bordeleau, it was teammate (and former NHLer) Wade Brookbank that also left the pine for the ice to square off against the Monsters winger.
Bordeleau earned 26 penalty minutes for the game, including a game misconduct. Brookbank earned a 10 minute misconduct and a game misconduct for leaving the bench; Shaw earned the same.
But when it comes to supplemental discipline, Shaw got the brunt of it. From the AHL:
Rockford IceHogs right wing Andrew Shaw has been suspended for six (6) games as a consequence of his actions in a game vs. Lake Erie on Nov. 3. Shaw was assessed a game misconduct for leaving the players' bench for the purpose of starting an altercation. Shaw will miss Rockford's games Friday (Nov. 9) at Grand Rapids, Saturday (Nov. 10) vs. Milwaukee, Nov. 14 vs. Peoria, Nov. 16 vs. Houston, Nov. 18 at Houston and Nov. 21 vs. Peoria.
Brookbank was suspended one game. Olsen was given two games for an illegal check to the head. Shaw, meanwhile, becomes an even more endearing figure for the Blackhawks fans that created #ShawFacts.