Hug-And-Beer Hockey Fight Gets FHL Players Suspended Indefinitely

It’s a shame, but we’ve likely seen the last of hockey fights that conclude with a beer and a toast to the crowd.

Matt Puntureri of the Danville Dashers and Jesse Felten of the Dayton Demonz appeared to be destined for a standard scrap when they dropped the gloves during Friday’s game. But instead of throwing punches, the two Federal Hockey League players came together for a hug before Puntureri pulled a can of Coors Light from his shorts and began to chug. The two then skated around the ice together and toasted to the fans.

Although no player received any sort of penalty after the incident, the league is coming down hard on the two for the joke they orchestrated to celebrate the end of the season.

“Obviously the biggest problem was bringing alcohol on the ice,” FHL commissioner Don Kirnan said, via Puck Daddy. “If they would have just hugged each other at the end of the season … bringing the beer on the ice is what we’re upset about.”

Both players have been suspended indefinitely, with Felton forced to miss the league’s playoffs, while Puntureri told Sports Illustrated he’s heard he could be handed a lifetime ban from the league.

“I wouldn’t take back what happened, even if it meant not getting suspended, I guess,” Felten told SI. “Punts has been a real good friend of mine, and it’s kind of upsetting to see what happened. But at the same time, it was all in good fun. It wasn’t meant to piss the league off or make them look bad, even though they maybe took it that way.

“We’ve gotten a lot of attention over it, which has kind of been cool,” he added. “It blew up more than we expected or planned for it to.”

Check out a video of the stunt below.

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