Sports | January 14, 2019 5:12 pm

Watch a Boxing Match Break Out on the Ice at an NHL Game

Erik Gudbranson and Micheal Haley fought a bout for the ages on Sunday.

 Florida Panthers Left Wing Micheal Haley (18) and Vancouver Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) fight during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on January 13, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Florida Panthers Left Wing Micheal Haley (18) and Vancouver Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) fight during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on January 13, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Hockey fights, much like the gladiators who take part in them, are a dying breed.

And, considering all we know about blows to the head, concussions, and CTE, that’s probably a good thing.

Still, there is something satisfying about seeing a pair of experienced fighters take to the ice and square off on skates in order to settle a beef.

Case in point: Vancouver defender Erik Gudbranson vs. Florida center Micheal Haley.

Florida Panthers Left Wing Micheal Haley (18) and Vancouver Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) fight during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on January 13, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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During the first period of the Canucks 5-1 win over the Panthers on Sunday Gudbranson and Haley met at center ice and circled each other for nearly 15 seconds before engaging in a heavyweight bout.

Gudbranson, who has about four inches on Haley, seemed to get the better of his smaller opponent at the beginning of the fight.

However, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog, and it was Haley who ultimately prevailed thanks to a killer left.