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NHL’s Angriest Moments In (Semi) Recent History

By Colin Likas
Feb 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville shouts towards officals during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville shouts towards officals during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chris Sale’s bizarre moment of rage Saturday brings to mind the NHL’s angriest happenings

As many of your have probably heard by now, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale kind of lost his mind Saturday afternoon. Prior to the team’s night game against the Detroit Tigers, it was announced Sale, his team’s ace, had been scratched from his start. A little weird, but nothing crazy yet for a key reason.

Initially, it was believed Sale could be in the process of being traded, as MLB’s trade deadline is fast approaching and the White Sox have been tumbling down the standings. But it turned out Sale was involved in some sort of clubhouse incident — which turned out to be him literally cutting up his team’s uniforms for that night.

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Sale apparently disliked this particular uniform (it was uncomfortable for him to pitch in, or something of that nature), so he took either a knife or scissors (reports differ) and just destroyed the team’s stock (though not those of the grounds crew, as TV viewers could see during the game).

It’s probably one of the strangest sports moments in recent memory, and one apparently born from a fit of rage. That got me thinking about some of the NHL’s angriest moments.

Unlike MLB, the NHL is a sport that has fighting built right in. You can run guys into the boards, shove your glove in opponents’ faces and just generally take care of all your built-up anger in the course of a night’s work. But that doesn’t mean the NHL has been immune to really strange or standout moments of rage.

Let’s take a look at some of the most unusual, strange, frightening and hilarious moments of anger in (semi-) recent NHL history. Some will be funny, like Sale’s jersey-cutting incident, while others will be nothing of the sort (unless you’re into some really dark comedy).

Next: Aw, Nuts!

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