The debate over whether to ban fighting in hockey has been a prominent topic in NHL circles over the past few seasons. Stiffer penalties have resulted in the game becoming relatively less violent. However, there is no denying that it has remained an integral part of the hockey video gaming world. Here is a look at the emergence and rise of fighting in hockey video games. It all began with Nintendo’s ‘Ice Hockey’. Rather than adopting a traditional 1 vs. 1 style of fighting, Nintendo decided to use a full-out line brawl system.
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During Thursday night's Peterborough Petes 4-1 upset of the London Knights, Petes' Jonathan Ang scored a jaw dropping goal in the third period of the game. The centre showed off his smooth handling skills, dangling defenders left, right and centre before pulling it past the Knights' goaltender. The incredible goal was his eighth of the season, and the youngster is someone we'll be keeping a closer eye on for the next couple of years. (H/T TV Cogeco)
@BarDown) Mar. 6, 2015 3:35 PM
During Thursday night's Zurich versus Biel NLA playoff game, this incredible shootout goal by Biel left winger and former Windsor Spitfire Ahren Spylo on Zurich goaltender Lukas Flueler ended the game in epic style. We can't think of a more awesome game to come to an end... unless of course it happened in regulation. There's no greater feeling than a walk-off goal for a player, and we can see Spylo's enthusiasm through his Twitter RT's, including this awesome picture from the play.
@thebigrig18 ???? pic.twitter.com/xcf3GAuGNJ— Nicola Baumann (@bngoal) March 6, 2015(H/T Reddit)
@BarDown) Mar. 6, 2015 2:42 PM
If you were wondering why Shaquille O'Neal hijacked Kenny Smith's 50th birthday party last night on 'Inside the NBA,' the answer is easy... it's because Shaq's birthday comes before Smith's. Kenny got a motorized scooter for his birthday on Thursday night's show, and Shaq decided to steal the scooter and drive it around the set. What a perfect excuse for us to explain O'Neal's birthday is today, two whole days before Kenny turns 50! No wonder Shaq was so jealous of Kenny receiving presents! Because we know how sad Shaq probably is, and because he had a show called 'Shaq Vs.,' we've decided to celebrate The Big Aristotle's birthday with a post of our favourite Shaq battles. (Image courtesy of Be Clutch Sports) Shaq Vs...
@BarDown) Mar. 6, 2015 1:04 PM
Basketball and soccer each make for their own incredible highlights. There are few things that are more enjoyable to watch than an amazing breakaway dunk or when a soccer player bends a ball bar-down from outside of the box. When you combine the two sports, however, they produce the ultimate highlights. Check out this incredible kick-pass for an alley-oop. The unique cram reminded us of another duo who also combined the two sports in the 2005 dunk competition. (H/T Next Impulse Sports)
@BarDown) Mar. 6, 2015 12:31 PM
The Minnesota high school hockey state tournament got underway this week, and has already produced some of the most incredible highlight reel plays. Bemidji goaltender Grant Tharaldson is a bit out of position on this play, but makes a desperation diving glove save to stop the Edina player in the second period of the Class AA Quarterfinals. And here's another brilliant play where this Lakeville North player dances around an entire defence for an unassisted goal. If you enjoyed those highlights, continue to check back in to BarDown where we're keeping an eye on the best plays from the tournament. (H/T Next Impulse Sports)
@BarDown) Mar. 6, 2015 11:59 AM
A new sport has emerged in the Boston area. In response to a historically cold winter, Boston natives have begun jumping out of their windows into mountainous piles of snow. Leaping out of their two story houses was not intense enough for most of these daredevils, so they decided to take things a step further and perform them in their bathing suits. The jumps were for the most part well executed, but we would have liked to have seen at least one of the athletes perform one of these: South Korea may have just found its newest competition for the 2018 Winter Olympics. (H/T Bro Bible)
@BarDown) Mar. 6, 2015 11:31 AM
When Candace Dold of FOX 45 Baltimore threw to the traffic report, the last thing she expected to find was bearded Traffic Jam Jimmy in a McDonald's drive-thru ordering a fish sandwich. But when you want a fish sandwich, you want a fish sandwich. Yes Jimmy, it is too early to order a fish sandwich. But the poor guy had been in his car since 4:00 A.M., so we don't blame him for being hungry for a filet-o-fish. This could be a setup, but we still think it's hilarious. We're big fans of Traffic Jam Jimmy from Baltimore! (H/T For The Win)
@BarDown) Mar. 5, 2015 11:31 AM
Comedy Central released a teaser for their Night of Too Many Stars show, which will air on Sunday night. The teaser was a hilarious skit of Adam Sandler and Bob Barker recreating their legendary fight scene from Happy Gilmore almost twenty years ago. This inspired us to take advantage of #ThrowbackThursday and look back at some of the great hockey-related moments of Happy Gilmore. We’ll start, of course, with Happy’s last hockey tryout before turning towards golf. But remember that Happy would have never turned to golf if Chubbs didn’t see some of that “pro material” in him.