The Kunlun Red Star hockey team in the KHL left its preseason game against Barys Astana after a Barys player started a mass brawl.
The main instigator in this fiasco was Barys’ Damir Ryspayev who sucker punched Kunlun forward Tomas Marcinko, sending Marcinko to the hospital in their President’s Cup game. Ryspayev then challenged multiple players on Kunlun and then tried to fight the Kunlun bench. Here is a video, which starts at the beginning of the brawl. The game itself didn’t go beyond the three-minute mark.
Here is a different angle of the brawl.
Because Kunlun decided to “abandon” the game, the first-year team lost 5-0 to Barys.
According to Alvis Kalnins, the KHL is reviewing the incident but a suspension is “unlikely” to be more than 10 games. Ryspayev was involved in one of our top-10 hockey fights of 2015. Last season he had 111 penalty minutes in 16 games and 83 penalty minutes in seven games the year before.
Kunlun is the KHL’s expansion franchise in Beijing and Vladimir Yurzinov Jr. is the team’s coach
This was the second game between the two teams this preseason. In the first game they combined for 196 penalty minutes. In that contest, three players from each team received fighting majors at the end of the game.
This is also the second time this preseason where emotions ran high in the KHL. Yevgeni Popikhin and Peter Skudra, the head coaches of HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, both brawled in their Governor’s Cup meeting Saturday.
Barys Astana is coached by former NHL enforcer Andrei Nazarov, who is known as one of the more hot-headed bench bosses in the KHL.
UPDATE: According to the KHL, Ryspayev has been suspended “in all competitions and friendly matches in preparation for the Championship League.”
The KHL also states, “The decision on the application of penal and disciplinary sanctions against hockey player D. Ryspaev will be made at a meeting of sports disciplinary committee after receiving all the necessary materials for this incident.”
Said the league, “(Ryspayev’s) behavior has nothing to do with hockey and contradicts not only the rules, but also the spirit of our game. Such actions should not be the case not only in matches involving clubs in the KHL, but also in sports in general.
The prior quotes were translated online.
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