Check It: Best Hockey Fights of All Time
Hockey is a physical sport that mixes skill and fighting, so naturally the best hockey fights of all time are awesome. Hockey is known as a real man's sport or, in other words, a sport where one guy can beat the snot out of another guy and get cheered wildly for it. Many fans go to the games solely to see the fights. What other sport can a player be paid and heralded for having little skill above skating in a circle and swinging his fists wildly? Do not hurt yourself coming up with an answer. As fights happen is nearly every professional hockey game, it is tough picking out the all-time best. However, there have definitely been some that stand out above the rest.
- A fight that is well-remembered due to its activity and crowd excitement occurred in 2002. On January 5th, the Washington Capitals faced the Boston Bruins in Boston. In the 2nd period, The Bruins P.J. Stock was lined up against the Caps Stephen Peat during a face-off. Immediately after the puck dropped, the two started grabbing each other and the fists started flying. For nearly a full minute these two warriors threw rapid fire punches at each other, landing most of them. Both players received applause from the fans after the effort.
- In the 1990's, there were three very well known brawlers in the NHL, and they had memorable encounters with each other. Marty McSorley is most likely best known for being charged with assault due to an on-ice incident with Donald Brashear in 2000, as he hit him in the head with his stick and caused a serious concussion. McSorley's reputation as a brawler had been set well before the incident. In 1994, he squared off against fellow tough guy Bob Probert. On February 4th, the Penguins visited the Red Wings in Detroit. In the first period of the game, McSorley and Probert got wrapped up and engaged in a very violent fight that lasted nearly two minutes before being broken up by the linesmen. The home fans cheered on Probert as McSorley skated away with a large cut below his left eye.
- Probert would face off with the fellow goon Tie Domi many times in the nineties, leading to many memorable brawls. Perhaps their best one is the fight they had in 1992. During a February 9th game that season in New York, Domi, playing for the Rangers, and Probert got into a vicious scuffle that led to further fights between other players. After Domi and Probert were separated, Domi motioned to his waist as if he was wearing a heavyweight title belt. This enraged the Red Wings players leading to plenty of carnage and penalty minutes.
- However, the most famous, or perhaps infamous, hockey fight of all time happened between New York Rangers fans and Boston Bruins players. On December 23rd, 1979, fans at Madison Square Garden got involved in a very ugly brawl with Boston players after a game ended. The Bruins went into the stands to encounter the fans as the incident escalated. Because of this event, security was tightened at the arena and taller glass was installed separating the players and fans.