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Fight Breaks Out at Senators Practice After Rookie Delivers Nasty Headshot to Clarke MacArthur (Video)
Things can get pretty heated at NHL training camps as journeymen and rookies compete for a limited number of roster spots. But they don’t usually get this heated.
On Sunday, several Ottawa Senators players fought amongst themselves during a training camp scrimmage after 21-year-old rookie Patrick Sieloff smashed Clarke MacArthur‘s head into the boards with his elbow.
Senators forward Bobby Ryan is not known for being much of a fighter. However, MacArthur, 31, almost called it quits after missing most of last season with a concussion. So Ryan wasted no time going after Sieloff, who has played just one NHL game and only joined the Sens this summer in a trade with the Calgary Flames. Then, after Ryan was done with Sieloff, Chris Niel had a few words with him as well. Fortunately that conversation did not escalate, because Chris Neil is known for being a fighter.
Take a look at the whole sequence of events:
MacArthur could not make it off the ice on his own. A few hours later he was diagnosed with yet another concussion:
#Sens GM Pierre Dorion has disclosed that Clarke MacArthur has been diagnosed with a concussion. His progress will be evaluated daily.
— Sens communications (@Media_Sens) September 25, 2016
MacArthur has a concussion. He has been sent home to rest. “He is such a big part of our team,” says Dorion. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) September 25, 2016
On Sunday evening, Bobby Ryan took to Twitter to defend his actions:
— Bobby Ryan (@b_ryan9) September 25, 2016
It should be interesting to see what happens to Patrick Sieloff. It’s almost a forgone conclusion that his brief career with the Senators is over. But will he also become the first player to receiver a suspension under the NHL’s concussion protocol for a hit on his own teammate?
Hat Tip – [Puck Daddy]