IIHF fights are the new headshots

Austria and Ukraine take out some aggression on each other in a ‘test’ match leading up to the World Championship. This is mostly some twirling around in circles and pillow tossing, but the pair of staged fights off a faceoff are rare sight in international hockey. To hell with headshots in the NHL, the rapid rise of fighting in international play is reaching epidemic levels!

This probably started after a Ukrainian player quipped something along the lines of “you guys are nothing without Vanek!”, and then an Austrian player likely shouted back “you guys stink so bad that Oleg Tverdovsky won’t even play for you”. This totally happened, probably.