August 16, 2022


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Combat sports-Ice Wars promises ‘prize fighting on ice’

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (Reuters) – Upstart fight athletics league “Ice Wars” will pit ice hockey enforcers against every other in a rink next thirty day period but in its place of scoring the puck, the intention is to knock your opponent out cold.

“I am calling it prize combating on ice since at the close of the working day, there is no hockey getting performed,” Ice Wars president A.J. Galante told Reuters.

“There are no sticks, there are no pucks, there are no nets. So indeed, it really is entire hockey equipment and it will predominantly be current hockey gamers. But it can be prize battling with a purse on the line.”

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As a teen, Galante’s father created him the typical manager of the now-defunct Danbury Trashers, a small league staff so violent and controversial that final 12 months it became the matter of the Netflix documentary “Untold: Criminal offense and Penalties”.

He moved on to boxing and claimed the wave of fascination in modern battle sporting activities – every thing from bare knuckle boxing to pillow preventing has grabbed headlines recently – led him to think the time was correct to start his enthusiasm undertaking.

A bout will consist of two, one-moment rounds with a 30-next “ice breaker” in the celebration that the fighters break up the rounds.

The fighters will use 4-ounce MMA gloves and can’t deliberately choose their opponent’s helmet off. But if it will come off as the final result of a terrific punch, it really is “match on,” reported Galante.

The notion dates back to the “Struggle of the Hockey Enforcers”, an occasion that was held in British Columbia in 2005 and served as an inspiration for Ice Wars.

Ice Wars fighter Daniel Amesbury of the Powell River Regals poses for a image in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, in this undated handout photo received on April 20, 2022. Isaac Mocharski/via REUTERS

Ice warrior Daniel Amesbury explained he is eager to showcase his talent.

“As insane as it may possibly seem, this is one thing that I’ve usually experienced in the back again of my brain,” Amesbury stated.

“6 months back I was saying to my buddy that it truly is way too undesirable there isn’t some sport where by I can take gain of this exceptional ability that I have.

“I will not know if I manifested it or what happened, but it wasn’t a lot later on that this finished up occurring and I’m fired up.”

Though no National Hockey League (NHL) players are expected to take part, Amesbury is planning for stiff levels of competition from players who contend in the American Hockey League (AHL) as very well as mid-tier leagues like the ECHL and LNAH.

He explained the length of the bouts will assurance non-quit action.

“An common hockey fight is possibly less than 20 seconds,” he explained.

“So one particular moment is a extensive struggle. It really is a great deal of motion. There is certainly heading to be a good deal of punches staying thrown and you will find likely to be a lot of blood. It is really heading to be pleasurable, guy.”

Ice Wars will debut with an 8-man ‘King of the Rink’ heavyweight tournament in Edmonton on Could 21 that will be streamed on FITE.

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