Steve Oleksy Nearly Fights His “Mentor” Matt Hendricks

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Steve Oleksy tangles with Mike Fisher during Thursday’s game. (Photo credit: Alex Brandon)

During Saturday’s Caps convention Steve Oleksy joked that he wore “black and blue like accessories.” It didn’t take long for Steve to bring back his trademark look.

Towards the end of the second period in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators, Oleksy got tangled up near the net with Mike Fisher. The two exchanged words, and soon Oleksy was pummeling the Preds star. The Washington defenseman easily won the bout, though the right side of his face was bulging out like a boulder was jammed underneath his cheek.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s preseason or regular season,” Oleksy told reporters after the game. “That’s part of my job, that’s part of the reason I’m here. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’m gonna try and hold people accountable.”

For a second, it looked like Oleksy might have another fight in the game when the teams bunched up during a fight between Jay Beagle and Eric Nystrom. Oleksy paired off with one of his “mentors,” Matt Hendricks, who left the Capitals to sign a four-year, $7.4 contract with the Predators in the offseason. Afterwards Oleksy said he found the matchup funny, but just part of the game.

“He grabbed me, and we exchanged a couple words. I asked what he wanted to do or how he wanted to approach it and then we just, you know…” said Oleksy, trailing off. “It’s good to see. Keep it friendly after the battle!”

“I didn’t play with him that long, but he was a big help to me last year,” he added of Hendricks. “It’s a tough business and that’s part of it. Throughout your career you play against guys you were on the same team with, you play against guys you grew up with.”

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Oleksy’s asymmetrical face talks to the media. (Photo credit: Caps Instagram)

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  • Rhino40

    Now I know why the prospect of being “held accountable” terrifies me so much: Because being “held accountable” actually means “getting the crap beaten out of you by Steve Oleksy”.

  • yv

    I wonder whether Hendy did his traditional VC glass banging with his stick during warmup? And it didn’t stop Latta to fight his former club yesterday?!
    Caps seems on a record fighting pace during preseason. Every night there are have half-dozen players who literally ready to fight for their place under capital’ sun! Probably a result of good logjam in every position.

  • VeggieTart

    Latta tweeted that he was looking forward to the team that drafted him, signed him, and traded him. Sounded a bit bitter there. Guess that’s why he fought 25 seconds in.

    That was a pretty cool dust-up between Binky and Hendy.

  • Chris Pavlakos

    Hendy did not do his glass banging last night

  • Wade

    Any chance there is a video of either of the fights?

  • OlietheGoalie

    <3 Binky.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Also, <3 Wagon. Miss him.