Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Phil Kessel and David Booth got in a spirited shoving match during practice on Friday.
No punches were thrown before the players were separated by teammates.
“Guys gotta compete in practice, and I think that’s a good thing," interim head coach Peter Horachek said, according to the CBC. "That’s a regular thing that used to happen all the team with most teams. Teams need to compete in practice, and that’s just the way it is. It’s part of the game.”
The Leafs (27-42-6) currently have the fourth-worst record in the NHL. Their next game is Saturday against the Ottawa Senators at home.
- Dan Gartland