It was meant to be a friendly charity match-up between two nations rich with hockey tradition. But after just a few minutes into the game there was clear animosity as Canada and Russia engaged in an ugly exhibition game at Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place mired with fights and penalties. No fight was more surprising than that between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Boris Alexandrov, a wealthy Russian oil man.
“That son of a bitch threw an elbow,” said Harper who was ejected from the game after receiving a five-minute major for fighting. “People think they can push us around just because we’re Canadian, but let me tell you that’s not always the case.”
Alexandrov denied the allegations, instead blaming Harper for the incident.
“Harper is a weak North American man,” said Alexandrov. “In my home country of Russia we do not let rough play on the hockey rink deter us from dominating the opponent. Harper is weak and should be ashamed of his behavior tonight.”
While they were being pulled apart from their brawl, three other fights broke out. A total of 98 penalty minutes were assessed on the game, which was won by the Russians 3-2.