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29th August 11, 12:52 PM
Soul Mechanic suggested a while back that I put up a thread posting the best hockeyfights of all time..
I've decided its time to do so. Its Almost September, and I'm going through serious hockey withdrawal.
We'll start off with the King of Kings - the late Bob Probert, taking on St.Louis Blues enforcer Todd Ewen in a old Norris Division tussle.


29th August 11, 12:55 PM
And here's a tribute video to one of my favorite scrappers - Big Dave Brown. A nasty bastard with a mean left hand.
Brown Played most of his career with the Flyers, but also had stints in Edmonton (where he won his only Stanley Cup) and San Jose.
He works in the Flyers minor league system now.

And Part 2

29th August 11, 01:11 PM
One of the most celebrated matchups in NHL history when Probert was at the top of his game. Tie Domi was a scrappy guy with a head made of solid wood, he always answered the bell but often took three punches to land one.
Domi caught Probie at the end of a shift in this one ( considered a bit cheap by heavyweight standards).
They fought a much-publicized rematch at Madison Square Gardens a few months later and Probert exacted his revenge.

Probert often seemed to get stronger as the fight wore on, much to the chagrin of his opponents.

29th August 11, 01:23 PM
Here's a sampling from another one of the scarier fighters of recent years - Chris Simon. There was nothing quite like watching this guy toss'em with that long black hair of his flailing around.
He reigned as HW champ for about 2-3 seasons when Probie was starting to decline. A very mean - tempered Ojibwa warrior from Wawa, Ontario, Simon was actually possessed of some very decent hockey skills and had good hands around the net as well as with his gloves off.
Unfortunately, he was involved in some very ugly incidents and will be remembered more for those than anything else.
His short-temper and unpredictability eventually cost him his North American pro career and he now plays over in the KHL where I am sure he gets plenty of space on the ice.
Here he is squaring off against Dave Brown:

29th August 11, 01:36 PM
Best hockey fight, NO HOCKEY FOR A FULL SEASON! YAY!:



29th August 11, 04:07 PM
What would a hockeyfight thread be without a couple of clips from the all-time PIM leader (3966 in 962 games) - Dave ' Tiger ' Williams ?
A couple from the all-time Single-Season PIM Leader (472 in 1974-75) - Dave ' The Hammer ' Schultz
The thing I like about Schultz is that he was one of the few players who threw body punches with effectiveness. The padding was different in those days and he knew where to land them so they would hurt.
Line brawl between Philly and Toronto from the '70's , Schultz and Tiger square off:
By today's standards, Schultz doesn't even rank in the top 5 of all time. But in the '70's he was one of the most feared fighters around. He was also very mean, head-butting, hair-grabbing - he didn't care. All he cared about was doing his job and protecting the star players on his team.
Williams was just downright nuts..a 70's version of Tie Domi who would go anyone, anytime. He has the face to commemorate it. Here he is at an old-timers game:
He made the stick-riding celebration after scoring a goal a classic move.

29th August 11, 04:20 PM
To finish the day..here's one of the most infamous bench-clearing brawls in hockey history.
Bench brawls are almost unheard of in international play..and you would never see one today. But back in 1987 a chippy game at the World Junior Hockey Championship boiled over and resulted in this crazy free-for all between the two world powers of hockey - Canada and Russia.
Here's what Don Cherry had to say about it:

Just for the record - bench brawls are all but extinct in today's game at almost every level. The NHL instituted huge fines for coaches and players alike and did its best to get rid of them in the '80's.
Which is all for the better, in my opinion. A good scrap to send a message or motivate your team is one thing, but bench brawls are just silly. The odd one breaks out in junior hockey nowadays, but not very often...

30th August 11, 07:47 AM
Ok..I might seem a bit overzealous posting like this. But hey, call me generous - I just love to share.
The following is a collection of all 13 fights between Rob Ray and Tie Domi. I think it can safely be stated that these two guys genuinely disliked one another, at least early on in their careers.
Notice how in the early fights, Ray's jersey ( indeed, all of his upper equipment in most cases) comes flying off early in the bout. This tactic was used to great effectiveness by quite a few fighters in the 80's and 90's , forcing the league to institute the 'tie-down' rule. In today's game, all players with a penchant for pugilism have to wear tie-downs to keep their jerseys on in the midst of a scrap. A fighter without a jersey on has a significant advantage over his opponent for obvious reasons, and with the players being as big and strong as they are now - better to be safe rather than sorry and keep the odds as even as possible.

30th August 11, 07:53 AM
Here's a matchup that many consider to be one of the better fights in NHL history. Bob Probert taking on the somewhat unheralded, but very game, Craig Coxe..
The rematch

30th August 11, 07:59 AM
In this one, Dave Semenko gets pummeled by Bob Probert after a gutless move by ' Cementhead ' Semenko the game before :

30th August 11, 08:03 AM
Can't forget about the guy who many fighters called the hardest puncher to ever drop the gloves - Joe Kocur. Kocur's career was cut short due to one too many hand surgeries..
Kocur, a smarter fighter, also used bodypunches to great effect.

30th August 11, 08:27 AM
...I'm not fixing your YouTube links anymore.

30th August 11, 12:30 PM
As long as people don't mind opening a window..no problem with the links the way they are.

Last one's for the day. This Montreal Canadien was one of the first real ' enforcers ' and a great teammate by all accounts - the late John Ferguson. I used to enjoy watching interviews with him, a really humble, likeable man.
There's not a lot of footage of his tussles out there anymore, but he was one of the most revered NHL fighters of the 1960's who also chipped in with timely goals now and again.
RIP John

30th August 11, 01:03 PM
Are there any where hockey players or fans are killed?

30th August 11, 02:40 PM
When I was a Leaf fan, they had a Borje Salming who had one of the most brutal skate cuts to the face you will ever see back in the 80s. 200 stitches.

30th August 11, 05:00 PM
Are there any where hockey players or fans are killed?

Don't you have your daily pigfucking session to get to, NoB ?
Trot along now..

30th August 11, 05:03 PM
When I was a Leaf fan, they had a Borje Salming who had one of the most brutal skate cuts to the face you will ever see back in the 80s. 200 stitches.

The scariest thing ever, for me ,was the Clint Malarchuck incident..
Makes my stomach flip-flop every time I see it..

31st August 11, 11:13 AM
The scariest thing ever, for me ,was the Clint Malarchuck incident..
Makes my stomach flip-flop every time I see it..

Oh ya, that is spectacular and I remember. But in the innocence of a child limited to CBC, and local TV, and having never seen a slasher flick, that really scared me.

Why does NoB disturb your threads. Surely he has enough of his own.

4th September 11, 08:44 PM
One fan was killed by an out of control puck once...

But wow, that throat slash... just wow! That's terrible! So glad the guy lived.

I am suddenly VERY aware of my neck.

4th September 11, 09:06 PM
Turns out there was a repeat of the Malarchuck incident (hit the same artery) except this time they had the presence of mind to go and help the man immediately rather than let him bleed out on the ice.



17th September 11, 11:10 AM
Here's a guy who led the league in fights with 34 back in 1997-98. The first ever European-born Enforcer, Krzysztof Oliwa. This guy seemed to lose a lot more than he won, not a very skilled fighter - but huge and able to take a punch. He actually worked in the coal mines in Poland as a boy..if that doesn't toughen you up, what will?
Oliwa's nickname was ' The Polish Hammer ' and he racked up 1,447 PIM's and 164 fights in just 410 NHL games.
Here he loses to Tie Domi

Against Wade Belak

And against the cagey veteran Dennis Bonvie

17th September 11, 11:23 AM
I forgot about this one. Dubbed the ' St. Patrick's Day Massacre ' - a line brawl between the Blues and Blackhawks back in 1991 was heavily criticized by NHL brass. Watch for the tilt between Scott Stevens and Big Dave Manson at Center ice its a beauty.


22nd September 11, 02:49 PM
Best fight of the NHL Pre-Season so far..

28th September 11, 03:10 PM
Ozz, you missing a banana?
What is up with London. Even your non news is messed up.

28th September 11, 06:46 PM
Ozz, you missing a banana?
What is up with London. Even your non news is messed up.

Dude..that whole thing is just embarassing.
They caught the guy..btw.

29th September 11, 03:29 PM
I sucked at hockey fighting. Here you have perfectly good boxing gloves, mask and a stick and instead of Medieval re-enactment, you toss them all aside to hit them in a judo like grip, swinging wildly in large circles.

But I still watch them go.

4th October 11, 10:33 PM
Since we don't want to just glorify fighting..I'll post some great bodychecks too. Starting with one of the best ever , the beginning of the end for ' The Big ' E ' - Eric Lindros, a solid, shoulder to chest hit from Darius Kasparitus:
Keep you head up..no matter how big you are. Be sure to watch it until the end to see all the replays from various angles - its a beautiful check.

4th October 11, 10:46 PM
Next, we have a bodycheck from probably one of the fiercest D-Men to play the game.
Scott Stevens was known for delivering incredibly devastating open-ice hits on rushing forwards. LIndros was twice his victim, in this particular game, the Flyers were mounting a comeback in a playoff game and Eric had just returned from a long layoff from a previous concussion.
The Flyers ended up losing their captain, the game and the series.
Just for the record, this hit was NOT clean. Notice how Stevens uses his elbow/forearm to make contact with the head. This is no longer tolerated and unfortunately, it took more than just Lindros' many concussions to get the league to make changes. Not until years later when Sidney Crosby suffered a career-threatening hit did the league really start to crack down on head shots.
There was a couple of times they dropped the gloves during a fierce rivalry that featured many bonecrushing hits:


2nd November 11, 11:41 AM
Here's a tilt from this season, just a couple of days ago..
George Parros is widely regarded as the best fighter in the game today. He's no dummy either, and holds a degree from Princeton.
Here he is taking on veteran tough guy Brian McGrattan. I actually think McGrattan got the better of Parros in this one:

2nd November 11, 12:18 PM
Oh yes, here's one of the most talked-about scraps so far this year. A bout between two middleweights, both of whom have a reputation for being big-time yappers on the ice.
These guys do not like one another and this one finally boiled over, now they can concentrate on playing hockey instead of verbally sparring and taking runs at each other.
I don't particularly like either of them, but I respect them for taking off their helmets and settling this in fine fashion instead of cheap-shotting and mouthing off at one another. Unfortunately, a bit too much holding in this one took away from what could have been a much better fight.
P.K. Subban and Brad Marchant :

2nd November 11, 01:29 PM
Ha Ha!

4th November 11, 02:22 PM
I like this fight.

5th November 11, 12:08 AM
That's the KHL for you..

6th November 11, 11:55 AM
Not the greatest fight..but this is from last night, a 9-2 drubbing the Blue Jackets suffered at the hands of the Flyers.
Watch Cody Bass as he skates to the bench afterwards..he's clearly frustrated ( I think it was 5-0 at this point ) and trying to get his team going.
It didn't help.
I like Zac Rinaldo - I used to watch him play for the Knights here in town and I think he has a future in Philly.

9th November 11, 05:43 PM
Here's an oldie I just found..nothing like skill players roughing it up.

9th November 11, 05:48 PM
Here's a brawl between the Flyers and Sens a couple of years back..goalie fight in this one !

I found this old one too..

9th November 11, 06:02 PM
This thread needs a Tony Twist tribute..
Tough guy for the Nordiques & St.Louis Blues..Twist had his career cut short by concussions. he also nearly killed himself in a motorcycle wreck towards the end of his playing days. A feared power puncher, Twist dished out heavy punishment to quite a few players over the years. Guys were apprehensive about duking it out with him because they knew the chances of something getting broken were good.
In this one he demolished Rob Ray
Here's a couple between Twist and Craig ' Chief ' Berube

Here he is squaring off with Todd Ewen in a couple of shorter scraps

24th November 11, 01:07 PM
New best hockey fight of the year

Go back to Bean town bitch.

24th November 11, 02:17 PM
See him booting that one guy ! HA !
Boston fans can suck it.

28th November 11, 11:23 AM
Check out this brawl from Finland..

You can tell the linesmen over there aren't quite as used to breaking up fights as the guys in North America are.
Nice to see the Finns getting heated up, they usually are among the most passive players in the game.

3rd December 11, 06:32 PM
Goalie Fights !

26th January 12, 11:30 AM
Here's a kid the Flyers called up from the AHL taking on Lucic..Sestito is back down in Adirondack now.

People say its goon tactics to call up guys who can fight from the minors for just one game against a tough opponent. I'm all for it, personally..I'm sure whoever it is getting brought up is happy just to be at the big show, even if it is only to provide some toughness and maybe get into a fight . I seriously doubt it hurts their feelings..plus,they get a nice bonus on their paycheck.
They know what their job is and the other players respect them, that's what's important.

26th February 12, 09:00 PM
Not exactly a spectacular fight, but give Chris Neil credit for taking on the giant Chara and holding his own.
Also, give the Ottawa senators credit for matching Boston physically in that game, even though they lost. The Sens have performed well this year despite predictions to the contrary and are bound for the playoffs. Hopefully, their starting goaltender will be off the IR in time for the first round. They traded for some insurance today by acquiring goalie Ben Bishop from the Blues.

7th March 12, 10:18 AM
Here's a good collection :
There's a couple from the AHL in there too..those AHL goons are tough fuckers. They have to be ready to come up to the NHL on a minute's notice so they make sure to stay in practice lol

I don't know about best fights of the decade, but there's some beauties on there.

7th March 12, 11:18 AM
Here's one from last night :

7th March 12, 07:24 PM
How bout the flyers on a 3 game streak, ordinarily I wouldn't be so excited, but right now I'll take what I can get

8th March 12, 05:34 PM
Yeah.. I think Jagr is out with an injury though..that could suck if it lasts a while.
Flyers VS Leafs on CBC this Saturday, Yahoo !

20th March 12, 07:10 AM
He got the worst of it, but I give huge props to Komisarek for standing up to Milan Lucic because the guy is a monster.

Boston has a tough team.

Last night was a good one for fights..here's a line brawl in the NJ - NYR game.

Don Cherry on the issue of visors :

23rd March 12, 11:00 AM
Here's an old one.
A bench brawl from the 1980's in a game between the Islanders and Bruins. Watch the four goalies at 1:40, they work things out diplomatically after it looked like they were going to go at it, its funny.
Billy Smith was a tough guy and wasn't afraid of the rough stuff. He was Ron Hextall's predecessor for bad ass goalie-types.
Watch for Cashman- Howatt and Jonathan - Lorimer

22nd April 12, 08:22 PM
Heh.. the tie-down rule claims another victim.


24th April 12, 12:43 PM
Good fight from last night's game between Ottawa and the NYR


5th August 12, 10:06 AM
Just happened upon this one on Youtube. Its not often you see the monster Lucic get his ass handed to him, but he certainly did in this one.
Colton Orr was probably one of the top 3 fighters in the NHL and the Leafs sent him to the minors last season so they could bury his $1.6 Million dollar contract and open cap space.
After he was sent down, the Leafs got pushed all over the place by the opposition.

19th October 12, 07:27 PM
Check out this bodycheck from the OHL..

21st October 12, 04:18 PM
lol @ Ben Eager..he has always been a goof on and off the ice.

22nd October 12, 03:57 PM
Hammering on a doorman is stupid. Unless he can prove self defense..:rolleyes:

28th October 12, 10:04 AM
I remember this game...the Grim Reaper loses his mind !


29th October 12, 03:19 PM
I never saw that before. That guy was truly terrifying. Right up there with Bob Probert.

30th October 12, 05:07 PM
You know what is really weird about Grimson is that he's a devout Christian; apparently he is a real bible-thumper.

1st November 12, 03:14 PM
Grimson has a screw loose. Bible thumper my ass. He has a lot to repent for.

1st February 13, 08:16 PM
Here's something you don't see every day. A ref duking it out with a player over in one of the Russian leagues..not sure if its KHL or not.

As for the NHL right now, there have already been almost 70 fights so far in this shortened season. On pace for a record if it keeps up.
Intensity has been cranked up considerably since every game is so important. With all games being played solely within Conference and addition of key divisional games, jockeying for playoff positioning will be interesting this season.
Don't be surprised if a few teams that wouldn't have qualified for the post-season in a regular 82 game schedule sneak in this year. A 10 game skid could virtually eliminate a team from playoff contention.
I am thinking perhaps the Islanders , with a new sense of purpose and a young squad, may be ready to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in a while.
With all the arena BS and the uncertainty of the franchise's future behind them, the Isles may be destined for better things this year.

2nd February 13, 04:01 PM
Zac Rinaldo's scrap from last night. Not bad.

7th February 13, 03:04 PM
Remember back in the days where you stopped fighting when one guy fell down? Now, they are wrestling each other as much as punching. And when they go down, they keep going.

When did MMA and Hockey meet?

7th February 13, 07:53 PM
Are you referring to the Zac Rinaldo fight that has stirred up so much controversy ?

I agree with the consensus, which is that Rinaldo landed a few bombs while his opponent was on the way down and clearly out of the fight and that it was wrong to do so.
However, hockeyfights are far from an exact science and sometimes, when you get swinging and are all pumped up you may toss a couple of extra punches in the heat of battle.
Rinaldo knows what he did was wrong, and I'm sure it wasn't personal or anything, and I'm sure he also realizes that one of the league's premiere heavyweights may decide to take it upon himself to teach the young buck a lesson about the 'fighter's code'.
So he better be ready.
Having said that, the Flyers , more than almost any team in the league, have a history of enforcers who finish opponents in a nasty manner ( Dave Schultz and Dave Brown both come to mind) and do so with the intention of sending a message to other teams.
Perhaps Rinaldo is simply following in the footsteps of the old Broad Street Bullies mentality.
I was watching that game, and I honestly think that Rinaldo just got a little over excited. I don't think he was being malicious about it.
In any event, as I'm sure you know Feryk, these things always have a way of working themselves out.
Call it ' fighters karma'.

7th February 13, 08:09 PM
Here's Rinaldo's fight from the game with the Caps..he does the same thing.

That may have been in retaliation for the cheap shot/elbow delivered to Simmonds earlier.

9th February 13, 10:43 AM
One organization that has been criticized for being soft over the past decade or so is the Detroit Red Wings.
Part of this is due to owner Mike Illitch's well-known anti-fighting stance. The problem is that keeping a roster without tough guys on it can encourage opponents to take liberties with your star players. The other problem is that you are denying the fans of Detroit an integral, exciting and intense aspect of the game of hockey. Ever since the retirement of Darren McCarty, the Wings have been lacking a true physical presence on the ice (Todd Bertuzzi notwithstanding).
Well, Mike Babcock finally had enough of the softie mentality, decided he needed energy, and got his GM to acquire thunderball Jordin Tootoo last year.
From Rankin Inlet up in Nunavut, Tootoo is the first Inuit to become a bona fide professional athlete. And although he has had his share of struggles with alcohol and inconsistent play, he has overcome these things in recent years and is now a mainstay in the big leagues who is known for landing thunderous body checks and bringing energy and enthusiasm to the team he plays for.
Small at about 5'10, Tootoo is literally a mass of muscle, he weighs in at a solid 210 or so and drops the gloves with men much bigger than him on a regular basis. He is not an enforcer in the truest sense, but a third or fourth liner who will bang and crash, go hard to the net and keep the other teams honest.
I think the Wings were smart to acquire him.
Here's his complete profile from hockeyfights.net

Spade: The Real Snake
11th February 13, 04:40 PM

Spade: The Real Snake
11th February 13, 04:43 PM

11th February 13, 05:36 PM

Hilarious !!

16th February 13, 10:09 AM
Colton Orr VS. Kevin 'The Constable' Westgarth from last night's game.


3rd March 13, 08:07 PM
The fight that wasn't :

9th March 13, 08:13 PM

This fight has been getting a lot of press.
KO for big McLaren, but not a stylish victory. The kid he dropped was out of his depth and McLaren knew it.

Spade: The Real Snake
15th May 13, 11:20 AM

15th May 13, 02:56 PM
^^^ Riot !! HA HA !!

Mayhem ..and not a single helmet came off that I could see.
That's the way a Pee Wee brawl should be..lots of gloved punches to helmeted heads so nobody really gets hurt.

19th May 13, 01:02 AM
Yes..the London Knights have won the OHL championship and made it to the Memorial Cup again.
Our team is awesome..
They are currently out in Saskatoon taking on the Blades for the big prize.
Here's Tie Domi's boy with a nice hit to set the tone.
Max isn't a fighter like his dad, he is a skill player. But that hasn't prevented him from becoming a fan favorite in London.
Go Knights !!!
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2nd October 13, 12:58 AM
First tilt between two heavyweights this season..
Hockey is back bitches !!!


Give the win to Parros.
They actually fought again in this game, and Parros accidentally fell over and smashed his face on the ice. He was taken off on a stretcher..just precautionary though, he was conscious and responding to the doctor. Big George will be alright.

15th October 13, 05:39 PM

Canadian National Women's Team VS US National Women's Team. Not often you see this sort of thing in women's hockey.

6th November 13, 11:59 AM
Hmm..blast from the past here. Larry Robinson V Mike Milbury

Milbury may come off like an idiot on TV now, but he was a tough player in his day. You have to have courage to take on Big Bird.

11th November 13, 07:19 PM

I realized I don't have this one on here for some reason.
Watch for the head tap and show of sportsmanship at the end.

Jean-Paul Sartre
9th May 19, 12:11 AM