Watch Joe Thornton Get His Beard Ripped Off in Epic Hockey Fight With Nazem Kadri - Maxim

Watch This Hockey Player Get His Beard Ripped Off in Epic Brawl

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Thursday night's hockey game between the San Jose Sharks and the Toronto Maple Leafs got off to a seriously hairy start.  

Sharks veteran Joe Thornton and Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri dropped their gloves just seconds into the first period. As they grappled between blows, Kadri ripped off a huge chunk of Thornton's bushy brown beard

Hockey Beard Rip

Refs rushed to break up the scuffle. Kadri deposited his scraggly souvenir on the ice before rejoining his team.  

After the bizarre beard-ripping incident, Kadri told reporters he didn't set out to give the bigger Thornton a trim, reports CBS News

"I ended up with a piece of it in my hand," Kadri said. "I have no idea how that happened."

"I thought I was a hockey player not a barber. I didn't mean to grab him there. I mean he's a big boy. I couldn't reach all the way across his shoulder. I felt like I just grabbed him in the middle of his jersey and just came down with a handful of his hair."

Thornton didn't comment after the game.

The hair ultimately found its way to the glove of backup goalie Aaron Dell on the San Jose bench.

"We were trying to figure out what it was," Sharks forward Chris Tierney said.

Kadri, who was giving up at least 4 inches and 30 pounds to Thornton, had a welt on the side of his face as a souvenir of the fight.

Sharks backup goalie Aaron Dell later presented Thornton with his missing facial hair on the team's rink-side bench. 

Kadri went on to score a goal in the second period, helping the Maple Leafs defeat the Sharks 3-2 in a shootout.