Uniondale, LI, United States (4E) – New York City policemen and firemen not only fought with sticks but with fists during their annual charity hockey match at Uniondale, Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.
Players from the New York Police Department (NYPD) team brawled with members of the New York Fire Department (NYFD) team during the second period, when the score was tied at 3-3. The players threw punches at each other and wrestled before referees stopped the fisticuffs.
No one was seriously injured though some players suffered bruises and black eyes. The referees also penalized and ejected some players.
There was a 25-minute lull in the game before it resumed as the ice was cleared of sticks, helmets, gloves and trash.
Some fans took a cell phone video of the incident and posted it on YouTube and Instagram. A cop who watched the game said the brawl reminded him of the bench-clearing hockey game fights in the mid-70s.
Team NYPD went on to win the game, 8-5, and ended a 5-year losing streak against Team NYFD. Proceeds of the game were donated to a benefit fund for widows and children of firefighters and policemen.
The teams declined to comment on the incident.