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CHICAGO, MINNESOTA BOTH FINED $25,000

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The tape and reports stemming from the previous night's pre-game brawl between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars were delivered to NHL Vice President Brian O'Neill Friday.

Both teams received an automatic $25,000 fine for the melee, which occurred 25 minutes prior to Thursday's game at Chicago before the referees came out onto the ice. The Blackhawks are seeking suspensions for North Star players Shane Churla and Basil McRae.Chicago coach Mike Keenan charged that Churla and McRae instigated the brawl by poking their sticks at Blackhawk players during the pre-game skatearound. The brawl ensued after Churla and Chicago's Wayne Van Dorp squared off near center ice.

The tape sent to the league office apparently shows the first punch being thrown.