Kris Versteeg has been known to fight on occasion during his NHL career, but it’s not something that is a regular occurrence.
He usually averages about one fight per season.
It seems that he was probably not expecting to get into a fight on Sunday afternoon — and especially not with Pavel Buchnevich, who has never fought in the NHL — which might explain why he did not have his jersey properly tied down.
That ended up getting him ejected from the game along with his five-minute major for fighting.
Here is what Rule 46.13 says about jerseys being tied down.
“A player who engages in a fight and whose jersey is not properly “tied-down” (jersey properly fastened to pants), and who loses his jersey (completely off of his torso) in that altercation, shall receive a game misconduct penalty. If the player loses his jersey despite the tie down remaining in tact and attached to his pants, the game misconduct is not applicable, however this must be reported to the league office so that the jersey and the tie down can be examined.”
You can see the entire sequence in the video above, along with Versteeg waving to the crowd on his way to the locker room.