It was game eight of the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series, and the Canadians were having trouble understanding some of the actions of the on-ice officials, Rudy Bata and Josef Kompalla. There had been referee problems since they had played the Swedes in Stockholm before the Moscow games, and now, JP Parise had no idea why Kompalla had called him for an interference penalty. Parise slammed his stick on the ice and was promptly given a misconduct. The next thing you know, Parise is charging Kompalla with his stick poised to chop the frightened ref’s head off. Kompalla braced himself, put his hands up, and Parise stopped short, thereby not providing us with possibly the most gruesome act ever in hockey.
Now, JP Parise’s son is a huge star in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and is the one guy on the US Olympic squad the Canadians must be very careful with. (For scoring, not beheading).