Marty McSorley of
the Boston Bruins
Hockey fans around the world were shocked to see the vicious
act at General Motors Place by Marty McSorley on the Canuck's
The two enforcers had already gotten into a scrap and the
game was tight. In the end the Canucks looked like they had the
game in the bag. They were winning 5-2 and there was only around
2 seconds left when McSorley came across the blue line with his
stick held high and with a baseball type swing smoked Brashear
in the side of the head, knocking him unconscious immediately.
"I didn't even know what happened," said a groggy
Brashear from his home. "It looked a lot worse than it was.
McSorley went before the NHL Vice President Colin Campbell
who laid down a record 23 game suspension and quite possibly
McSorley, who has been in the NHL for 17 seasons, has been
rumoured to be thinking about retirement.
Players around the league have also been appalled by the attack.
One of Brash's favorite scrapping partners Georges Laraque of
the Oilers said "I know I've had my battles with him, but
this is something that you don't want to happen to your worst
enemy." He also said "I would never allow him to play
again," "I wouldn't even let him enter a rink."