When Fighting Goes Bad

I’ve been involved on the media side of hockey for the past seven-plus years. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know and meet several college and professional hockey players and coaches. It’s always a good feeling when some you know (either by playing, going to sch0ol, or having the chance to interview and talk with them) is still doing good things in and around hockey. This post however, features someone I know on the wrong side of a hockey highlight.

The video below features a fight from the Central Hockey League between Jim Jorgensen of the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs and Judd Blackwater of the Allen Americans. For those who aren’t familiar with the Central Hockey League, it is a professional league with teams mostly from the Midwest to southwest United States. It is two leagues below the National Hockey League.

My personal connection with the video? I’ve had the pleasure of attending Ferris State at the same time as Jorgensen, who is in the white jersey. I’ve interviewed him several times when I covered the hockey team for the newspaper as well as having a couple classes with them. Standing at 5’11” and 200 lbs., he plays defense and he’s pretty good at it as well as his stat line reads 4-12-16 with 56 penalty minutes. Five of those however, he would rather like to forget as Blackwater got one solid punch in sending Jorgensen to the ice. Jorgensen regained his balance but was sent back down to the ice again by Blackwater with another punch. Two punches in less than five seconds was enough to have the officials step in and tell the players they have seen enough.

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