It's probably not much to most of the guys, but it is tradition and custom, having been a part of college hockey for many years. You show some respect to the opponent that you just battled for two nights, and you show respect to the sport.
In the minds of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux and Minnesota Gophers, it was simply another opportunity to fight. The handshake line starts at about 1:44 on this video, which comes from the FSN North telecast.
The fight that preceded the postgame handshake, along with the shenanigans in the handshake line, led to nearly 100 minutes of penalties. Two players, Darcy Zajac of North Dakota and Tony Lucia of Minnesota (son of Gopher coach Don Lucia) were given game disqualifications for fighting and will sit out their team's next game. Joe Finley of North Dakota and Blake Wheeler of Minnesota got into it in the line.
Oh, and that's not the only embarrassing moment from Saturday night's game. Read more after the jump.
Earlier in the game, North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol took exception to a call made by referee Don Adam. Instead of arguing the call with words like most coaches do, Hakstol broke out the ol' dirty bird.
"I would like to sincerely apologize to our fans, players and entire program, as well as all college hockey fans, the WCHA and Don Adam for my actions during the second period of last night's game versus the University of Minnesota," Hakstol said in a statement. "I'm disappointed in myself for allowing my emotions and frustrations to get the better of me. I pride myself in not allowing this type of thing to occur.It was something most of us who observe the WCHA can understand. We all get mad at the officials once in a while, and there are probably various times during a season that coaches feel like making obscene gestures at the guys in stripes.
"Most importantly, I am a parent before I am a coach, and I understand the responsibility that we carry as coaches within the WCHA to young hockey fans and families everywhere. I have evaluated and feel terrible about my actions and can assure everyone that such a thing will never happen again."
But we all understand that it's somewhat unacceptable to do stuff like that. Hakstol does, too, and it's likely he'll never lose his cool like that again. It's also likely that the WCHA will take some action, potentially as much as a fine or suspension, against Hakstol.
All in all, the 1-1 tie will be remembered for a long time, and not in a good way. The behavior of select players on the two teams was an embarrassment to two wonderful programs, possibly the best league in Division I college hockey, and to the sport itself.
The two teams are not scheduled to meet again this season, but could get together in the WCHA playoffs or NCAA Tournament. Here's hoping for a civilized postgame handshake when they do meet again.