VIDEO: Watch Brutal Hockey Fight in The Video Below..
McGrattan was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round, 104th overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, but the Kings opted not to sign him to a contract following his knee injury. He attended the Detroit Red Wings’ development camp prior to the 2001–02 season, before signing a contract with the Ottawa Senators on June 2, 2002. He spent three seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Ottawa’s affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. McGrattan scored his first professional point on October 11, 2002, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers; an assist on a Jeff Ulmer goal that also stood as the first goal in Binghamton’s history.
If the sight of McGrattan’s figure lying spread-eagle and face down on the ice wasn’t enough to turn a viewer’s stomach, the crowd was happy to help. Not only did the spectators cheer during the fight, but the cheering continued as McGrattan lay motionless. At the five-second mark of the video, McGrattan falls to the ice. The cheering continues for the remaining 45 seconds of the video. At the 31-second mark, a triumphant “Good night!” is audible.
It’s one of the ugliest sides of a generally beautiful game. Seeing McGrattan knocked unconscious was sickening enough; hearing the crowd cheer it on was unconscionable.
Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent's goal using a hockey stick. In many areas, one sport (typically field hockey or ice hockey is generally referred to simply as hockey.