WATCH: 5 eye-opening brawls from Dayton’s hockey history

Professional hockey returned to Hara Arena with an exhibition game between the Dayton Gems and Toledo Walleye. Here, the Gems practiced. Photo: Chris Stewart, staff
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Professional hockey returned to Hara Arena with an exhibition game between the Dayton Gems and Toledo Walleye. Here, the Gems practiced. Photo: Chris Stewart, staff

A brawl between two hockey teams in Toledo got wide attention earlier this month when both goalies got involved.

Dayton has seen its share, too. Here are five brawls involving Dayton hockey over the years:

1. Bombers vs. Chiefs, 2001

Big-time hockey fans in the area probably remember the St. Patrick’s Day brawl between the ECHL’s former Dayton Bombers and Johnstown Chiefs at the Nutter Center in 2001. A massive scuffle broke out after the Bombers scored to take a 4-1 lead, and there were at least seven individual fights within a two-minute span. Even the goalies got involved.

2. Demonz vs. Dashers, 2013

A line brawl broke out between the Dayton Demonz and Danville Dashers of the Federal Hockey League on Dec. 29, 2013, when Dashers player Edgars Ozolins pinned Justin Brausen against the wall in a battle for a loose puck and an elbow was thrown. Others then jumped in on the action, and Dayton’s Jared Hicks ended up ejected. The brawl happened with under three minutes to play in the 9-3 win for Dayton.

3. Bombers vs. Jackals, 2009 

A fist fight between Dayton Bombers player Christian Gaudet and the Elmira Jackals’ Guillaume Lepine ended up involving Dayton’s bench during an ECHL game March 14, 2009, at the Nutter Center. Three Dayton players and five Jackals players were penalized from the brawl, including Elmira’s Mike Sgroi for fighting off the playing surface. Elmira won 4-2 and it was one of the last times fans would see the Bombers play, as the team folded later that year.

4. Bombers vs. Chiefs, 1999

A brawl broke out in an exciting game between the Bombers in Johnstown Chiefs on Feb. 26, 1999. The Chiefs scored to tie the game with eight seconds left in regulation, and as Johnstown was celebrating, the Bombers began complaining to the referee. All of a sudden there was some shoving between players, and it quickly escalated into a series of fights that took nearly seven minutes to clear.

5. Bombers vs. Nailers, 1999

What started as two small fights at the boards ended up in just about everyone on the ice pairing up in a line brawl during a Feb. 13, 1999, game between the Bombers and Wheelersburg Nailers. There was just 4:31 left in the game.