Countdown to the 2017 NHL Winter Classic: 1 Day

In the long, bitter rivalry that is the Chicago Blackhawks vs. the St. Louis Blues, there have been very memorable moments. Brett Hull sweeping Crazy Eddie Belfour and the Hawks in four straight games in 1993, Jonathan Toews’ Game 5 breakaway overtime winner in 2014, and last year, Troy Brouwer sends the team he won a Stanley Cup with to a first-round exit in a memorable Game 7. But if you ask any fan from both sides, the most memorable moment occurred on March 17, 1991.

The Blues and Blackhawks had a weekend home-and-home set. They were also both battling for the top spot in the Norris Division. On March 16, the Blackhawks beat the Blues 3-2 at the St. Louis Arena. The next night at Chicago Stadium, things got ugly. VERY UGLY. Some say it began with a check on Garth Butcher on Troy Murray. Some say it began when Jeremy Roenick checked Harold Snepsts. But when Glen Featherstone took liberties on J.R., Keith Brown had other ideas and all hell broke loose on the Stadium ice.

In the aftermath of the brawl, twelve players were ejected from the game, and both teams combined for a total of 278 penalty minutes. Both teams were fined $10,000, Scott Stevens was suspended two games, and both Mike Peluso and Kelly Chase each got hit the hardest with a 10-game suspension. Oh, and the Blackhawks won that game 6-4, en route to another Norris Division crown and the Presidents’ Trophy.

Well, that’s concludes the countdown to the 2017 NHL Winter Classic. I hope you enjoy the game, and I hope that your 2017 is a good one.

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