It looks like the KHL bad boys Vityaz found another team to bully this season. You may recall that until lately, Jaromir Jagr's former KHL team, Avangard Omsk, was the subject of Vityaz' misplaced violence. Avangard was on the receiving end of Vityaz' pseudo hockey players back in Jan. 2010. After that game Jagr said:
"I want the KHL to promptly reconsider the rules. Everything must be clearly addressed in the league's charter … The KHL is a new league. It is developing very quickly. If you want the KHL to be as strong as the NHL, you have to regulate fighting. Write out every nuance."
At the time, the KHL fined Vityaz for the incident, citing, in part, "damages caused to the reputation of the Kontinental Hockey League, its partners and Russian hockey as a whole, and for the aggregate violations and instigation."
That wasn't the end of the Avangard - Vityaz saga. In Dec. 2010, the two sides "met" again for another bout. After that brawl, it was reported that Roman Cervenka and Martin Skoula were hospitalized for "fractures". After some pathetic fines (like a $300 fine for assault and battery) and KHL's reluctance to kick Vityaz out of the League, Vityaz acquired more goons this season, adding Jon Mirasty, Jeremy Yablonski and Kip Brennan to their squad.
A month ago, during a preseason tournament, the new Vityaz "knights" debuted in Russia starting a fight on the first shift of a preseason game in Magnitogorsk against Salavat Yulaev. The instigators were suspended for the remainder of the tournament.
Vityaz came back to Magnitogorsk to play Metallurg, led by the ever-young Sergei Fedorov as Magnitogorsk's captain, in a regular season game. Having amassed only 42 penalty minutes until yesterday, Vityaz was due for a brawl.
After the jump, Vityaz didn't take long to get under the skin of the Metallurg players and begin another on-ice brawl.
It takes only two minutes for Kip Brennan to stir things up with a cheap shot on Metallurg's goaltender Georgi Gelashvili. Gelashvili's teammate, Denis Khlystov, came to the goaltender's defense (notice how Gelashvilli is holding his stick as to willing to decapitate Brennan):