Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Flames fan starts GoFundMe to put up Tkachuk billboards in Edmonton

Flames fan starts GoFundMe to put up Tkachuk billboards in Edmonton

"Kassian grabs Tkachuk by the collar and begins throwing punches pulling him to the ice on multiple occasions and not stopping until the official separate the two. Exact quote was "I'd probably get off the ice," the reporter wrote. "The Calgary game, I thought we could have checked better than we did", said Tippett. For the second time that night, Tkachuk had caught Kassian with a big, questionable hit near the boards.

Kassian received a double-roughing minor and a 10-minute misconduct on the play. The Flames scored on the powerplay and won the game 4-3. People can't do that when I'm out there.

The most recent matchup in the ongoing Battle of Alberta ended with the Flames taking a close one-goal game and, oddly, Calgary fans launching a GoFundMe page to further press their victory.

"I don't like the hits".

The next time the Oilers play the Flames is in Edmonton on January 29, which also happens to be Kassian's first game back.

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Others took issue with Kassian, saying the National Hockey League deemed the hits clean and he's a big player who can dish out checks but perhaps can't take them. "I love big-boy hockey, but if you're going to play big-boy hockey you have to answer the bell every once in a while".

Had Tkachuk been willing on Saturday to go toe-to-toe with gloves off, the unpleasantness might have ended already, Kassian said.

"He messed with the wrong guy", Kassian said. I don't think he realizes we're in the same division. "If he did, he'd get a percentage of respect in the league".

After the fireworks we saw in a rejuvenated Battle of Alberta on Saturday night, we're now looking forward to when these two teams meet next: January 29 in Edmonton.

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