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When a drunken rugby team asked for trouble in a bar and bumped into Kelly Chase and Tony Twist

When a drunken rugby team asked for trouble in a bar and bumped into Kelly Chase and Tony Twist

When Tony Twist changed his mind in an instant to defend Kelly Chase and turned a bar into a Road House

You didn’t want to mess with Kelly Chase. Every NHL team passed on him during the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He scored a lot of points in juniors, but also had penalty minutes in very high numbers.

But the St. Louis Blues shot him anyway as they signed him undrafted. And what a move it turned out to be. Chase always played hard and had a strong reputation as one of the most feared enforcers in the league.

He played with another legendary enforcer, Tony Twist, and the two made the Blues a team to be feared. Twist was a great fighter, and they took no prisoners when they took the ice.

Kelly Chase. Source: Getty Images

But there were also problems with the ice. Speaking on “The Kilcoyne Conversation” podcast, Chase was asked if they ever fought on the ice because of their reputations on the ice.

“It happened from time to time,” he said.

He particularly remembers a time in St. Louis at Humphrey’s Restaurant & Tavern, when a Kansas City rugby team asked for trouble.

“We were at Humphreys two weeks before training camp. I’m there with Shanahan and one of my friends in junior high. I was with my girlfriend at the time and it was our first date in St. Louis. She’s my wife now. So he stayed after that incident,” he said.

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“I asked them to play some country music, and a guy starts yelling at it. I tried to ignore him, but he comes up to me and says, ‘You got that shit on?’ And I just tried to say, ‘Hey, listen.’ You can listen to whatever you want. I’m trying to make it right with this girl, I think I have a chance,” he said.

“And all of a sudden this guy pushes me. I asked him what he was doing and he hit me. As soon as he hits me, all the guys jump. Of course I react and hit this guy. And Twist grabs me, and he picks me up off the floor because he’s so strong, he’s got my back in his chest and he’s pinching me against the wall first. And he’s like, “What are you doing, buddy? We have camp in two weeks.”

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“And then this guy breaks Twist in the ear.”

“He dropped me, and it looked like Road House in there. We got into that pile of guys; me, Shanahan, and Twister. And the police came, handcuffing everybody to the floor. They were nice enough to take us down and they wanted to know who wanted to file a complaint.”

Tony Twist. Source: Getty Images

“One of his guys really wanted it, and the police said, ‘Are you sure? You obviously don’t have many friends here, you’re a Kansas City rugby team. From the sound of it, you’re the instigators, and you all yelled at a man and you broke his mouth.”

“This is one of those stories that no one ever comes out with. It was legit, and Twist… You don’t want to piss him off. Shanahan was one of the toughest, and my friend was tough. You could pick a better quarter to start a fight with. That was no big deal to those guys.”

“That rugby team. I don’t know how they played the next day, but boy did they lick it off.

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