ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A shocking Canadian lacrosse fight between Coquitlam Adanacs and Nanaimo Timbermen ended in a record fifteen suspensions this week. The Canadian lacrosse brawl, however, has also drawn international news attention. Not only did the match end in a bench-clearing sports brawl, but also referees and coaches were just unable to stop it. The entire fight captured on video ended in swift reaction from league officials.
The Coquitlam Adanacs, Nanaimo Timbermen game opened before a virtually empty stadium. The Canadian lacrosse match, however, stopped after Cody Reed (Coquitlam) got into a battle with Timberman’s Jordan Kuziu. Then Coquitlam’s Zachary Hartman joined the battle. But after that, it was hard to keep track.
“It’s the first time this has happened to me as a commissioner,” B.C. Intermediate A league commissioner Gene Regier told the Daily News. “I’ve seen them at senior games, but this is the first one I’ve had to deal with.” Fifteen players were dealt suspensions quickly. Regier also told news “Tempers are hot and fiery and someone might have said something to them and there you go. Things happen in an instant, there’s a lot of testosterone flowing on the floor.”
As the Nanaimo Daily News reports, both benches eventually were eventually emptied. Officials also tell news, that while the video is only two minutes in length, the confrontation was far greater than depicted. The video, initially seen by two hundred thousand viewers, has already been witness by nearly a million eyeballs by this Saturday.
As the Daily News reports “The game disintegrated late in the second period as Cody Reed scored to put Coquitlam up 15-4. Reed was hit by the Timbermanâ€™s Jordan Kuziuk, who two seconds later was crosschecked by the Adanacsâ€™ Zachary Hartman, who was playing in his first game back after missing time to a concussion.” The video is located HERE.