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    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/hockeyfightsdotcom
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    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9N9UvLhi5Y

    And Part 2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGK4k...eature=related
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    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).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fER1A...eature=related
    They fought a much-publicized rematch at Madison Square Gardens a few months later and Probert exacted his revenge.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkudhz2YhWA&feature=fvsr

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

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    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezjt8Hx6XYo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYZBjUc_F-g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nubj2...eature=related
    Here he is squaring off against Dave Brown:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-oWq...eature=related
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    Best hockey fight, NO HOCKEY FOR A FULL SEASON! YAY!:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004%E2%80%9305_NHL_lockout



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    What would a hockeyfight thread be without a couple of clips from the all-time PIM leader (3966 in 962 games) - Dave ' Tiger ' Williams ?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEfhDfKHhs0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJi4P...eature=related
    A couple from the all-time Single-Season PIM Leader (472 in 1974-75) - Dave ' The Hammer ' Schultz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRUmh...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i5kr...eature=related
    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i5kr...eature=related
    Line brawl between Philly and Toronto from the '70's , Schultz and Tiger square off:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw9qD...eature=related
    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:
    http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images...jpg?1282687413
    He made the stick-riding celebration after scoring a goal a classic move.

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    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.

    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ydbATVriqA
    Here's what Don Cherry had to say about it:

    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz9e_8TvTqk

    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...
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    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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4FrN...1&feature=fvwp
    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.

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    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..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxYOlRcwqiY&NR=1
    The rematch
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhcvB...eature=related

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    In this one, Dave Semenko gets pummeled by Bob Probert after a gutless move by ' Cementhead ' Semenko the game before :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNLQO...eature=related
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