Here we go again:
Frazer McLaren said he was looking to create a “spark.” Something to breathe life into the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had been notoriously slow starters at home. So 26 seconds into Wednesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators, he challenged Dave Dziurzynski to a fight off the faceoff.
What happened afterwards was a sickening example of the dangers that come with dropping the gloves in a hockey game.
After trading five or six punches, the 6-foot-4, 222-pound McLaren caught the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Dziurzynski with a right hand that caused the Ottawa forward to collapse unconscious face-first on the ice. He eventually got up, but was wobbling as two teammates helped him off the ice. (Photos: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press; Abelimages/Getty Images)
Remember all that talk about boycotting the NHL after the lockout? Yeah… That doesn’t appear to be happening so far. There were plenty of fans on hand for the start of training camp Sunday in Ottawa, St. Louis and Philadelphia. (Photos: Jeff Roberson/The Associated Press, Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press, Tom Mihalek/The Associated Press)