Canadian and soviet goalies signed up with the fight when a brawl appeared at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship. (The National/CBC Archives)

The gold medal ultimately went to Finland, which had the best win/loss record in the competition. Czechoslovakia took the silver and Sweden was granted the bronze.

A variety of gamers on both the Soviet and Canadian rosters would go on to be popular players in the National Hockey League. Amongst them were Canadians Steve Chiasson, Pat Elynuik, Theoren Fleury, Mike Keane, Cliff Ronning, Brendan Shanahan and Pierre Turgeon. Soviets Evgeny Davydov and Vladimir Konstantinov also went on to the NHL.

One of the Canadian team's staunchest defenders after the bust-up was broadcaster Don Cherry, who appeared on CBC's The Journalthe following night and blamed the Soviets for the brawl.

(The National/CBC Archives)Suddenly it was a free-for-all as both teams bolted from their benches to go into the fray, releasing a 20-minute tussle that continued even when the referees left the ice to watch from a corridor."They've turned out the lights in the arena, however that isn't going to resolve anything," stated Wittman. "They're still combating. The Soviets, well back in the standings, had nothing to lose by the ejection. A number of players on both the Soviet and Canadian lineups would go on to be well-known gamers in the National Hockey League.

The hockey melee had to be major: even the goalies were fighting.

In the last video game of the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship in Piestany, Czechoslovakia, punches were tossed in between a Canadian and a Soviet gamer-- not an uncommon occasion for hockey at that level.

Held over the vacation season each year since 1977, the World Junior Hockey Championship includes each taking part nation's best gamers under age 20.

Actually bench-clearing

Both Canada and the Soviet Union cleared their benches when a brawl broke out at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship.(The National/CBC Archives)Suddenly it was a free-for-all as both groups bolted from their benches to enter the fray, launching a 20-minute tussle that continued even when the referees left the ice to view from a corridor." You simply don't see this in international hockey, "said an astonished Don Wittman, CBC's analyst for the match. "You just don't see it."

Desperate arena officials then took more severe measures in a bid to relax the situation.

"They've ended up the lights in the arena, but that isn't going to resolve anything," stated Wittman. "They're still combating. I've never seen anything like this, even in the National Hockey League."

Heavy repercussions

The referees retreated off the ice as the fisticuffs continued.(The National/CBC Archives )Canada was ahead 4-2 halfway through the game

before the brawl began. When it was lastly all over, authorities booted both teams from the competition. The Soviets, well back in the standings, had nothing to lose by the ejection. Heading into the game, the Canadians were guaranteed a medal: bronze if they lost to the Soviets, silver if they won, and gold if they won by a margin of 5 objectives or more.

Rather they went home.

A win for Finland