Other infamous NHL player/fan altercations
Dec. 23, 1979 -- The Shoe Incident
Boston Bruins players went over the glass and into the stands at the end of a game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The incident started when a fan, John Kaptain, allegedly reached over the glass and hit Stan Jonathan with a rolled-up game program and then reportedly stole the Boston enforcer's stick. Boston forward Terry O'Reilly was the first to climb over the glass, but the incident will forever be remembered for what happened next. Boston teammate Mike Milbury entered the stands and began to hit Kaptain with the fan's own shoe.
"I grabbed his shoe, took a little tug on it, and then sort of double pumped," Milbury once recalled to The New York Times. "I don’t know if I hesitated for a minute because I thought I'd be vilified for the next 30 years, but I gave him a cuff across the leg, and then I did what I thought was probably the most egregious thing of all: I threw his shoe on the ice."
In all, 18 Bruins players entered the stands. All of them were fined $500, while O'Reilly (eight games), Milbury (six) and Peter McNab (six) were suspended. Four fans, including Kaptain, were arrested.
April 14, 1992: Rob Ray
Why this fan charged the Buffalo Sabres' bench, we'll never know. But he did just that during a Buffalo Sabres-Quebec Nordiques clash at the ol' Le Colisée. The fan jumped onto the ice, and Buffalo's Rob Ray took charge. He also broke down the incident after the game. Ray was not suspended for the incident.
March 29, 2001: The Sin Bin
While serving a penalty in the third period of a playoff game between Toronto and Philadelphia, Tie Domi squirted water at Flyers fans who were heckling him just outside the penalty box. Then, another Philly fan tried to climb over the glass to punch Domi. The fan missed and fell into the penalty box, and Domi wrestled with him before security guards pulled away the Leafs enforcer. Domi continued to play in the game but later was fined $1,000 by the NHL. The fan was ejected from the game, cited by police and fined $150.
April 24, 2009: As Torts Turns
In the third period of Game 5 of the East quarterfinals series between New York and Washington, Rangers coach John Tortorella got into a verbal confrontation with a fan behind the bench. He squirted water at a fan, and a video replay then showed the coach heaving a green water bottle into the crowd. Tortorella then grabbed a player's stick and held it high, waving it in the fan's direction. The coach was suspended for Game 6 of the series.
April 22, 2010: The Sin Bin, Part 2
A YouTube clip showed a fan striking up a conversation with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith during Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series against the Nashville Predators in Music City. While Keith was serving a penalty, the fan asked questions through a partition in the plastic glass about Keith's salary. As Keith rose to leave the box, the fan joked about a family member "pulling the fire alarm at the hotel." At that point, Keith took a bottle and squirted water at the fan through the partition. The NHL took no action against Keith, who went on to win the Stanley Cup with Chicago.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.