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Charity game between New York City police officers and firefighters turns into full-on bench brawl

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Charity game between New York City police officers and firefighters turns into full-on bench brawl

Adam Proteau
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A charity game between the New York City Police and Fire Departments Saturday was marred by a bench-clearing brawl. Not what you'd expect from people in that line of work, but the video evidence speaks volumes.

Nassau Coliseum has been the setting for dozens of NHL fights over the years, some of which might have required police attention if they didn’t take place on an ice rink. But the fight that took place Saturday in that arena was different: it was comprised of cops and firefighters.

In what most people associated with an annual charity game between the New York City Police and Fire departments are calling a first, this year's edition regressed into a full-on bench-clearing brawl in the second period:

The charity game, which was celebrating its 41st year, eventually resumed after a 25-minute delay to clear the ice and assess a slew of penalties. The NYPD eventually claimed victory in an 8-5 decision to snap a five-year losing streak to the firefighters. No word on whether suspensions will be levied and applied to next year’s game.

(Yes, that last sentence was sarcasm.)

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Charity game between New York City police officers and firefighters turns into full-on bench brawl