PITTSBURGH — It was the Pittsburgh Penguins’ annual game for kids in which thousands of kids from local hockey programs attend a preseason tilt. On Sunday, the Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT at PPG Paints Arena. The fans went home happy, and Jamie Devane made a point, too.
Fans in attendance also got an eye full, as Columbus tough guy Ben Harpur got a face full from the WBS Penguins grinder Devane.
The pair squared off in the third period to show off for their respective organizations. Devane landed a few left-handed jabs before unleashing a few right hands. The last one caught Harpur flush on the chin.
Devane KO’d Harpur, who initially laid motionless before being helped off the ice by a couple of teammates.
Devane, 31, is a career minor leaguer known more for toughness than finesse. Devane had four fights in 27 games with the WBS Penguins last season, according to HockeyFights.com. He has two career NHL games, both with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013-14.
Jamie Devane is 6-foot-5, 239 pounds. He squared off against the bigger Harpur, 6-foot-6 and 231 pounds. Harpur also had four fights last season, including three in the NHL. Harpur, 27, has played in 156 NHL games.
It was a clean knockout, as Devane immediately stopped punching and called to his felled opponent in concern as the officials signaled for the Columbus trainers. Video courtesy of the Mitten Media YouTube account, which specializes in hockey highlights.
UPDATE: Some good news from Columbus puck scribe Aaron Portzline:
Defenseman Ben Harpur, in camp with #CBJ on a PTO, suffered a scary end to a fight with Penguins forward Jamie Devane in the earlier game today in Pittsburgh.
Told he was able to fly back to Columbus with the Blue Jackets.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 25, 2022