Rogue Squadron and the Young Guns were first and second in their division in the NESHL (New England Senior Hockey League). With players ranging from their late twenties to early fifties, it’s usually just good, clean fun.
A few seconds into the game, the puck ended up trapped against the boards in the Young Guns’ zone. Rogue Squadron defenseman Zung Nguyen had it pinned, with Young Guns’ d-man Dave Bermingham trying to poke it free. Nguyen gave Bermingham a few pokes to the ribs with the end of his stick, “Bermie” responded in kind, and the gloves came off.
The “D” level is reportedly one of the more “goonish” leagues in the NESHL so the fight was rare in itself.
Players on both sides say Bermingham won the fight clearly.
Both players got unsportsmanlike conduct majors, and game misconducts; their nights were done. As they skated back to the locker rooms, a still-furious Nguyen hurled one of Bermingham’s gloves over the glass into an empty section of seats.
Just after the second period began, Nguyen emerged from his locker room and went into the seats near where he had thrown Bermingham’s glove. He went down to the corner of the arena and squatted. He then returned the glove to its original spot in the seats.
Midway through the second period, Bermingham came out of his locker room. He went into the seats where his glove had landed, picked it up, and put his hand in.
Inside it, was poo. Human poo. He drew back his hand instantly and handed the glove to the referee who immediately declared the game a forfeit win for the Young Guns. At a league meeting the following morning, the NESHL banned Nguyen for life.
Prior to this incident, Rogue Squadron had won every one of their games this year. They lead the Young Guns by a single point in the standings, with just two games left to play. In their first game following the confrontation, Rogue Squadron passed the hat in the locker room to buy Bermingham a gift card for a sporting goods store.
They heard he needed new gloves.