Fighting in hockey happens.
It happens a lot less than it used to but it happens nonetheless. When the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, two players started the night with a fight.
Maple Leafs' center Nazem Kadri and Sharks' center Joe Thornton were already at one another's throats before the drop of the puck. As soon as the puck was dropped, two seconds into the game, they fought.
It was a spirited scrap with no real winner, but there was a loser in the fight. Unfortunately, it was Thornton's beard.
After the two hit the ice after the fight, Kadri let go of Thornton's sweater and revealed that during the process, he got a handful of his facial hair. To make the story and the situation even weirder, the hair was kept by the Sharks.
Backup goaltender Aaron Dell had it in his glove momentarily. The wonders of social media caught it in all of its glory.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) January 5, 2018
They also managed to hold onto it and make sure that Thornton got a chance to hold it after the game.
Congratulations to Joe Thornton on getting his first career on-ice beard trim! pic.twitter.com/VGg2TwFaIX
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 5, 2018
What a weird, weird sport we follow.