It’s always a little bizarre when one grown man bites another grown man during a hockey game. Sure, you probably shouldn’t be putting your fingers in anyone’s mouth to begin with, but biting someone is just something you don’t expect from professional hockey players. That’s something you expect from professional boxers in 1997.
But sometimes, like with our friend Charlie, you simply see a tasty finger in front of you and you can’t help but have a little chomp.
Alex Burrows showed us this last night, when he apparently bit Patrice Bergeron’s hand.
It feels like there may have been a bit of acting there…
Regardless, Jarko Ruutu was suspended for two games for biting the hand of Andrew Peters in 2009.
In May 2010, Daniel Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers accused Marc Savard of biting his hand during a scrum. Savard denied the allegations stating:
“Bottom of the pile, he tried to pull out my front teeth. Is that a bite? He tried to yank ‘em out. I don’t know if he wanted me to look like him. But he tried to pull [my teeth] out. That’s for sure.”
Daniel Carcillo shot back:
“Yeah. That’s what I do when I get into a scrum. I try to pull people’s teeth out,” Carcillo said with a snort.
Of course, we all know that Carcillo’s fingers are very important to him.
Strangely enough, this wasn’t the first time Marc Savard was accused of biting someone. He was suspended for one game for biting Darcy Tucker in 2003.
This also wasn’t the first time the Philadelphia Flyers were involved in a digit-chomping situation.
The best part of that clip is Don Cherry being completely confused as to what one should do if they find someone else’s finger in their mouth, as if “don’t bite it” isn’t even an option.
Hartnell did not face any discipline for the bite.
Of course, never one to sit by and watch someone else’s controversial actions outshine his own, Matt Cooke decided to stir up trouble with Arron Asham during a future game between the two teams.
Asham said Cooke bit his finger. He also called him “gutless” and “garbage.” Cooke was unable to respond, as his mouth was filled with finger.
Now that the two players are teammates, it’s unknown if Cooke sits in the locker room staring at Asham’s hands and drooling.
For what it’s worth, the two players have put their differences behind them:
“It’s something that was in the heat of the game,” Asham said. “That’s all done with. Stuff happens on the ice … ”
At that point, Cooke interjected, “I didn’t bite him.”
“No, he didn’t bite me, and I’m missing a finger,” Asham said, holding up a hand with one bent finger to draw laughs.
We never knew hockey player fingers were so tasty.
It’s unknown if Alex Burrows will face any discipline for his alleged bite.