Russian hockey coach loses shirt, blood in bench fight
Pro hockey coach Andrei Razin ends up without a shirt after a bloody fight on Thursday. (YouTube screen grab)
Don't think we've seen this before: A bloody, shirtless hockey coach getting the gate.
The oddball scene comes from a minor pro league in Russia, where Andrei Razin of the VHL's HC Izhstal was ejected on Thursday following a scrap between the benches that caused him to lose not only his shirt, tie and jacket, but also some blood.
Razin's counterpart, THK Tver coach Alex Zhdahin, kicked off the second-period melee by disputing a referee's call in a rather colourful manner.
Razin felt the need to step in and add his two cents. The interjection led to pushing and punching as coaches and players jostled for fighting position on and off the ice.
Tensions were understandably high in the semifinal playoff game in which Izhstal eventually won 3-2.
Although the heated discussion didn't escalate into a memorable brawl -- no players appeared to officially drop the gloves -- the damage had been done.
By all accounts, both Zhdahin and Razin were ejected for their roles in the shenanigans.
A shirtless and bloody Razin emerged from the rubble flexing to the crowd from behind the Izhastal bench.
He then made his way onto the playing surface to offer a sarcastic clap to the THK bench before walking the entire width of the ice presumably in search of the dressing room.
But, wait, he wasn't done.
The refs managed to stop Razin -- whose top half remained naked -- in his tracks. He was ordered back to his bench to retrieve his clothing.
The process of getting Razin out of the way took a good five minutes.
With his clothes back on, he exited finally, taking a walk of shame.