“Punch-up in Piešťany” revisited

“Punch-up in Piešťany” revisited

If you like history, sports and good action, then this is for you. It was one of the most ground-breaking moments in junior ice-hockey. A fight between the teams of Canada and the Soviet Union, which took place during the World Junior Championship in 1987, at that time hosted by Czechoslovakia. Well, this sporting fight didn't really follow the rules of ice-hockey, but more those of wrestling. Join Zuzana Botikova as she revisits one of the biggest fights in the history of ice-hockey with those who remember watching it, as well as taking part in it.

Punch up in Piestany revisited

Shawn Simpson, a former Canadian ice-hockey player, now a sports broadcasting personality for TSN 1200 recollects his first and rather memorable visit to Czechoslovakia in a special interview for Radio Slovakia International.

Shawn Simpson in Czechoslovakia

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The infamous bench-clearing brawl in Piešťany.

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Štefan Gregorička was leading the press department in Piešťany during 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He still keeps all the press releases nicely sorted.

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The famous ice stadium in Piešťany.


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Piešťany ice-rink hosts hockey offspring also these days.


Zuzana Botíková, Photo: CBS, Zuzana Botíková, Sound credit: CBS