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The Detroit Red Wings–Colorado Avalanche brawl was a large-scale on-ice melee that occurred March 26, 1997, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, United States, between two National Hockey League rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche.
The brawl has been nicknamed Bloody Wednesday, Fight Night at the Joe, The Blood Game and Brawl in Hockeytown, stemmed from a previous on-ice incident between the two teams during the 1996 Western Conference Finals.
The teams combined for nine fights, 11 goals, 39 penalties, 148 penalty minutes, one hat trick, one “turtle” and two Stanley Cup champion goalies duking it out in an overtime thriller.