Hockey Fights https://www.hockeyfights.com Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:22:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 160978120 QMJHL (not Quebec government) will vote to ban fighting today https://www.hockeyfights.com/qmjhl-will-vote-to-ban-fighting-in-qmjhl-today https://www.hockeyfights.com/qmjhl-will-vote-to-ban-fighting-in-qmjhl-today#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:44:51 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3126139 (contrary to a previous report, the government has no say in this matter, but they do support the QMJHL in having this vote) The news came from twitter yesterday morning, but the Quebec Major Junior… Read more

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(contrary to a previous report, the government has no say in this matter, but they do support the QMJHL in having this vote)

The news came from twitter yesterday morning, but the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will vote today to ban fighting from the league which operates within the province of Quebec (also in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island).

The English translation of the tweet says:

The @LHJMQ will vote on the ban on fighting tomorrow. I support this initiative. The league is a valuable partner in the establishment of a healthy and safe sports environment and this decision will confirm its leadership.”

The news comes with not much facts around it and definitely a lot less clarity as to what a vote to ban fighting would mean for the league which is currently still playing out it’s regular season.

Former QMJHL player, Mathieu Olivier has spoken up saying he would like to see players (former and otherwise) get a voice at the table, and definitely not have something like this in the hands of only league officials.

Questions abound from this decision, how will it affect the league currently. Why didn’t they make a rule change instead of the government coming over the top? How would this play out in the Memorial Cup tournament where the QMJHL teams play against the WHL and OHL teams.

As the decision comes down the pipeline, we will be sure to update.

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Thank you Alberta https://www.hockeyfights.com/thank-you-alberta https://www.hockeyfights.com/thank-you-alberta#respond Sun, 02 Feb 2020 19:00:11 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3126089 So, earlier this week I penned (with internet ink) a piece about how the Battle of Alberta is pushing to be the best rivalry in the NHL currently. I don’t think I could have even… Read more

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So, earlier this week I penned (with internet ink) a piece about how the Battle of Alberta is pushing to be the best rivalry in the NHL currently. I don’t think I could have even imagined a more exciting fourth installment than what we had last night.

Is the Battle of Alberta the best rivalry going?

The Edmonton Oilers headed into Calgary Flames country with visions of a Dave Rittich “bat flip” at the end of Wednesday night’s game dancing in their heads:

The game started with two goals for the Oilers in the first three minutes. You had the sense of the old Battle of Alberta being back. The physical intensity was missing though. That didn’t last long as towards the end of the first period Jujhar Khaira and Buddy Robinson (both players who were brought in for Wednesday’s BoA) had a spirited tilt:

JUJHAR KHAIRA VS BUDDY ROBINSON

And then things just began to build from there. The goals they started flying, and once the game hit 6-3 Oilers, the powder keg was primed for explosion.

Sam Gagner (in his 53rd game against the Calgary Flames) dove after a seemingly loose puck on then goalie, Cam Talbot and all hell broke loose. First we had Ethan Bear and Matthew Tkachuk (who after fighting Zack Kassian on Wednesday night has doubled his fight total for the year):

ETHAN BEAR VS MATTHEW TKACHUK

and then mid sequence there, the heavens opened up and for the first time in the Battle of Alberta, GOALIE FIGHT:

MIKE SMITH VS CAM TALBOT

This game seemed to have it all. Tons of goals, big saves, physicality and yes, goalie fights. The only true shame is that we have to wait until April 4th for the next Battle of Alberta.

But I think we can all agree, the best thing for the NHL this year might just be a first round matchup between these two teams.

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Is the Battle of Alberta the best rivalry going? https://www.hockeyfights.com/is-the-battle-of-alberta-the-best-rivalry-going https://www.hockeyfights.com/is-the-battle-of-alberta-the-best-rivalry-going#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:00:44 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3126071 At the start of this season, you may remember I came to you on these very hallowed pages and called the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights rivalry the best one going right now.… Read more

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At the start of this season, you may remember I came to you on these very hallowed pages and called the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights rivalry the best one going right now. Well, two scrappy teams from Alberta have given me some pause for thought.

The best rivalry in the NHL right now?

Don’t get me wrong, the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights is still a fun series to watch and I believe that they are still at the top but the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers have entered the arena of relevancy once again with a couple of spirited affairs that date back to the last game of the 2019 regular season.

For those of you who weren’t aware:

Initial X-ray results look good for Connor McDavid, will have MRI on Sunday

The Oilers won the game, but their captain (and for their former GM Peter Chiarelli’s efforts, their whole team) went down with a pretty significant knee injury. That knee injury that was just revealed as possibly far worse than originally thought, this week in a documentary that has aired in Canada and will make it’s way to the US on NBC February 18th:

The fires have been building since then and when the schedule came out, it turned out the first Battle of Alberta wouldn’t happen until the end of December. That actually wasn’t the worst thing for the rivalry as since that December 27th game (in which the Flames decimated the Oilers) the two teams have played each other two more times (Jan 11th – 3-2 CGY win and Jan 29th – 4-3 CGY SO win) and a fourth match-up is not too far away with the two playing in Calgary this Saturday night.

Kassian / Tkachuk

To find the start of the Tkachuk/Kassian was some bad blood born in a game back on November 17th, 2018 when Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk got into it and Tkachuk was first accused of “Turtling” by the Oilers fan base:

As I mentioned before, the Giordano/McDavid incident kept things going into the offseason and then on January 11th, Matthew Tkachuk again drew the ire of Kassian and co. with a couple of hits that the hockey community deemed within the rules, but dangerous nonetheless:

Following hit #2, Kassian went off:

And then media, players and everyone in between spent two weeks, and change talking about a whole litany of issues and topics:

Tkachuk on Kassian: ‘If he doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks.’

  • Does the code in hockey still exist?
  • Are blindside hits the most dangerous play in hockey?
  • Should Kassian be suspended? (he was, for two games)
  • Will they or won’t they go in the next game?

And as to that last point, we got our answer in the form of two fights last night.

About Last Night

I don’t know if I can remember a game in the last few years at least where you were expecting so much from a physicality side of hockey. Basically a nightmare for Bettman.

I’d love to find someone with a tweet/text or something that predicted it was going to be Sean Monahan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to be the first fight of the night.

Sean Monahan vs Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — 16:11 of the 1st period

In what would turn out to be the “better” (as rated by the fans) fight of the night, Monahan (1 fight) and Nugent-Hopkins (3 fights) would turn in a spirited bout.

Then, less than 30 seconds later, Tkachuk and Kassian lined up at the faceoff dot for the second time that night (The first time looks like Tkachuk wanted to go and Kassian turned him down):

Matthew Tkachuk vs Zack Kassian — 16:36 of the 1st period

This fight was just a good thing to see from Tkachuk, who to his credit, took a fight against a guy in Kassian who is the far superior pugilist of the two. He answered the bell for his hits previously and all should be good on that end…

Who’s Next?

Except, as Kassian was leaving the ice cameras caught Zac Rinaldo (career fights for Rinaldo) from the Flames bench with a couple of words for the man:

I don’t know if this is indeed the best rivalry in hockey overall right now, but I can tell you for certain I know I’ll be tuned in to Saturday’s rematch of these two teams and for a possible Zac on Zack attack of sorts.

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Respect https://www.hockeyfights.com/respect https://www.hockeyfights.com/respect#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:56:05 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3125191 The knock out punch. They can come at anytime, depending on the situation, and they almost always get the same reaction. Shock, awe and concern for the knocked out party. That was no more evident… Read more

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The knock out punch. They can come at anytime, depending on the situation, and they almost always get the same reaction. Shock, awe and concern for the knocked out party.

That was no more evident last Saturday in the AHL game between the Bakersfield Condors and the Stockton Heat. The 19-year-old Calgary Flames prospect, Martin Pospisil went looking for a dance partner in Edmonton Oilers 24-year-old Colby Cave. The fight that ensued was a spirited back and forth battle until the product of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Cave caught Pospisil and knocked him out.

Colby Cave vs Martin Pospisil – October 19th, 2019

If you’re reading this article, you probably have seen the KO but linked above is the whole fight.

The reason for this article is not so much to re-live the knock out, as it is to pay respect to both guys for what they did/have done since.

As I have written before, sometimes you’re the guy who gets caught:

Open letter to Andrei Svechnikov

Whether that is from a fight, or from an open ice hit on an unsuspecting player, the message is the same, take time to recover (whatever that means for you personally) and get back to it.

Pospisil was up and tweeting the next day about the fight and he only had good things to say about it, as his fellow dance partner reached out to make sure he was ok:

That is a great thing to see because at the end of the day, no one wants to see anyone hurt. The whole play from top to bottom is a show of that.

  • Cave can be immediately seen as concerned for Pospisil’s well being.
  • The trainer of the Condors came out onto the ice on his own accord to see if there was anything that could be done to help the Heat’s own trainer.
  • Then to cap it all off, Cave reaches out to see if Pospisil is ok, and Martin himself is already rearing to go again and get back on the ice.

You love to see it. The toughness to answer the bell, and the respect afterwards.

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The best rivalry in the NHL right now? https://www.hockeyfights.com/the-best-rivalry-in-the-nhl-right-now https://www.hockeyfights.com/the-best-rivalry-in-the-nhl-right-now#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2019 20:26:17 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3124528 In a league where the hate from most of the classic rivalries has turned into “buddy buddy” friendships, last night’s preseason tilt between Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks was a glimpse into what… Read more

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In a league where the hate from most of the classic rivalries has turned into “buddy buddy” friendships, last night’s preseason tilt between Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks was a glimpse into what might be the best rivalry in hockey right now. After putting up 114 combined penalty minutes in last night’s game (and one fight), luckily for us we don’t have to wait long to see this heated match-up to continue as the season opening night-cap is the Knights and Sharks.

I’m not here to tell Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens fans what was the most storied rivalry of all times. Sit down Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans who are here to complain about the 80’s and when they were last truly a relevant match up with some actual heat. Right now, from where I blog, the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks are THE match up to watch when you want to see two teams that really seem to despise each other.

The Case For It:

Since the Knights entered the league, the two teams have been battling it out for the top spot of the Pacific division. The Sharks, themselves an expansion team back in 1991-92, took *only* two years to find themselves in the playoffs. The Golden Knights, likely because of their Hockey Training, found a way to blow the collective minds of the entire NHL when in their first year, they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals (after beating the Sharks in seven games of round two).

The NHL’s desire to try and manufacture rivalries with the new playoff format has perhaps been no more successful than with this Sharks/Knights match-up. Everyone remembers last year and the chaos around this hit:

And the eventual, improbable, fantastic comeback the Sharks and co. put on as a result.

That kind of moment really solidifies what could be one of the most exciting schedule of games between two teams this year.

The Other Guys:

As I mentioned before, this isn’t to say that this rivalry will replace the hate that other, longer standing feuds that there are. Simply, I just think the Sharks/Knights match ups are our best chance to see the good old hockey. Let’s have a look at some of the others.

Montreal/Boston –

This is the hallmark for hatred in this league. The fans, the broadcasters, the hate, the history is all there, but it just feels like since 2011 and the goalie fight:

We just haven’t seen the same heat on the ice. I hope it comes back soon.

Philadelphia/Pittsburgh –

The fans are the ones keeping this one alive. Sure the players have some heat there, but it just hasn’t had the same powder keg feel to it in recent years. 2014-15 was the last real hurrah for this rivalry as a top dog.

Calgary/Edmonton –

The 80’s were a great time to be alive if you were a fan of the Battle of Alberta. Over the years it has been sparked up from time to time, but for the most part these teams are trading players, more than trading fisticuffs. These guys sure did their weight training!

So there it is, my take on what is the best rivalry now in the NHL going into the 2019-20 season. Think I am wrong? Prove me so in the comments below.

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The war on fights continues on: ECHL https://www.hockeyfights.com/the-war-on-fights-continues-on-echl https://www.hockeyfights.com/the-war-on-fights-continues-on-echl#respond Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:46:29 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3116032 It’s an undercurrent that is building among the leagues and the debate of the reasons behind it will continue on. Today the ECHL’s new rule this season came to light. Every time a player hits… Read more

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It’s an undercurrent that is building among the leagues and the debate of the reasons behind it will continue on. Today the ECHL’s new rule this season came to light. Every time a player hits 10 fights in the season (of which there were 18 players last year) they will be suspended for one game.

As the tweet/rule says, if you eclipse 14 fights in the season, each additional fight will be a two game suspension.

In the NHL, there has been a clear directive (in my opinion, allegedly) in the last year/two years to have linesmen interrupt the fight if there is even a slight opening.

Examples from this preseason alone:

Haley vs Stewart

Kaut vs Seeler

From where I blog, I would imagine that this rule change really won’t stop much from the true fighters in the league. One game/two games? Well worth.

At the end of the day, hockey players are adults and as the science continues to roll out, we respect those who continue to police the game and maintain the code. It’s been a point of frustration to our followers all over the social media, but what do you think about the move?

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Coming this summer https://www.hockeyfights.com/coming-this-summer https://www.hockeyfights.com/coming-this-summer#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 12:00:05 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3113670 As we patiently await Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and the Blues, we have been bantering around the hockeyfights table what to do with the dog days of summer when… Read more

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As we patiently await Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and the Blues, we have been bantering around the hockeyfights table what to do with the dog days of summer when there is even less fighting than this year’s playoffs, somehow. Then the idea hit us, BRACKETS, and then we thought back to the rage I (Nation Dan) created when I tried to give a smattering of every kind of fighter imaginable.

Then we took to the airwaves and found a couple of new partners in podcasting and in general and we partnered up with @4thlinevoice. In them we brought in the foremost voice of brackets for top fighters of all-time and with it, a new bracket is born. Much better run, and less upsetting to you the fans here at Hockeyfights.com.

As well, with the new format of Hockeyfights.com we have been able to tease down our data in the back end and will be bringing you the top 100 fights of 2018-19 (and that will be any fight we clipped over the last calendar year) as well as the Top 100 NHL fights of all-time, ranked by you the fans as a countdown to the 2019-20 season.

Hockeyfights.com is proud to be your source for all the fights of yesteryear and the place where you can come and see today’s fighters and players too.

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Canadiens Vs Flyers Media Overload 05.14.87 https://www.hockeyfights.com/canadiens-vs-flyers-media-overload-05-14-87 https://www.hockeyfights.com/canadiens-vs-flyers-media-overload-05-14-87#respond Tue, 14 May 2019 10:00:08 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3113085 One of the most intriguing brawls ever to be witnessed was the pregame brawl that occurred during the 1987 NHL playoffs between Prince of Wales Conference finalists Philadelphia & Montreal.  According to those who were… Read more

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One of the most intriguing brawls ever to be witnessed was the pregame brawl that occurred during the 1987 NHL playoffs between Prince of Wales Conference finalists Philadelphia & Montreal.  According to those who were on the ice, the Flyers had enough of Montreal’s ritual of shooting the puck in the other teams net as their pregame skate came to a close.  This time, Ed Hospodar remained close by, as both teams exited the ice surface.  As he saw Claude Lemieux & Shayne Corson come back onto the ice, Hospodar & backup goalie Glenn “Chico” Resch made a b-line for the two Canadiens forwards.  Resch tried to grab Corson, who had shot the puck, then threw his stick to stop the puck, but missed.  Hospodar grabbed onto Lemieux and began to administer frontier justice for breaking one of hockey’s unwritten codes, as well as one of hockey’s written rules about warm ups, and staying in your own end.  Maybe it was to try and gain an advantage, maybe it was to put the final nail in Montreal’s coffin, maybe it was just policing the ice in old time hockey fashion.  Either way, this minor event touched off one of the biggest brawls, let alone pregame brawls, that has ever occurred in professional hockey.

Philadelphia would win the game and the series 4 – 2.  Hard to believe this was the conference championship game.  I have never seen the post game handshake from this series, nor do I know if it happened (we assume it did).  The Flyers would eventually lose to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Finals, but on this night it was the Broad Street Bullies who would once again flex their muscle in an attempt to gain an advantage, intimidate, and finally eliminate their opponent from the playoffs.

Both teams seemed to have plenty of muscle dressed for the pre-game skate.  Montreal had Corson, John Kordic, Chris Nilan, & Mike McPhee; as well as a good core of support guys like Sergio Momesso, Larry Robinson, and others.  The Flyers, who always boasted a very physical team, had Hospodar, Dave Brown, Daryl Stanley, Don Nauchbaur, Mike Stothers, Rick Tocchet, & Scottt Mellanby.  With both teams unwilling to back down an inch, the inevitable occurred.

We have tried to include as much of the media coverage as we could find for this one.  We are also happy to include some modern day comments from people like Dave Brown, & Glenn “Chico” Resch.  To this day, this brawl still makes the hair on my neck stand up.  As Mickey Redmond, the long time color man for the Detroit Red Wings would say:  “It’s no place for a nervous person.” 

The Skinny:

  • Ed Hospodar was suspended for the remainder of the playoffs.
  • No penalties were assessed during the brawl itself
  • $24,500 in fines were handed out
  • The brawl delayed the broadcast 17 minutes, enough time for the affiliates to show the mayhem
  • There was only 1 Fight when the game was finally played Scott Mellanby Vs Sergio Momesso


Live “Real Time” Feed Of The Brawl (10:18)

Glenn “Chico” Resch Talks about his role in the Brawl, from 2001 (3:22)

Flyer Broadcasters Report Gene Hart & Bobby Taylor (4:35)

Look back: Comments by Dave Brown, Scott Mellanby, Brian Propp, & Steve Coates (2:00)

French Commentary Feed Of The Brawl (8:02)

Various Reports Of The Brawl (3:33)

Coach’s Corner With Don Cherry (4:59)

Forum Feed With Live Audio / Organ (8:09)


Print

The Globe & Mail Retrospective (published May 12, Updated April 2018)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/the-fight-that-changed-hockey/article4184523/

 

Here’s a report from 1987, courtesy Red Fisher and The Montreal Gazette

http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2012/05/flyers-canadiens-brawl-before-1987.html

 

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Probert Updates – “Tough Guy” and fight catalog https://www.hockeyfights.com/probert-updates-tough-guy-and-fight-catalog https://www.hockeyfights.com/probert-updates-tough-guy-and-fight-catalog#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 16:00:33 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3112604 This week was one full of exciting news for everyone around the Hockeyfights team, and fandom alike. It started with a late night announcement from the “Tough Guy: The Bob Probert story” documentary team announcing… Read more

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This week was one full of exciting news for everyone around the Hockeyfights team, and fandom alike. It started with a late night announcement from the “Tough Guy: The Bob Probert story” documentary team announcing that fans all over the world would be able to access the documentary, previous with a few select limited releases, through multiple new channels.

This announcement got us here over-the-moon excited and as promised when we released the new site layout, we were able to take some real time to continue to update the Probert fight catalog that so deserves it.

Here is the list of Probert’s fights that fresh this week have videos for you to view and rate on our site:

Bob Probert vs Reed Low from the Chicago Blackhawks at St Louis Blues game on Oct 21, 2000

Bob Probert vs Donald Brashear from the Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks game on Nov 14, 2000

Bob Probert vs Patrick Cote from the Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers game on Nov 17, 2000

Jamie Pushor vs Bob Probert from the Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks game on Dec 3, 2000

Lyle Odelein vs Bob Probert from the Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks game on Dec 3, 2000

Steve McKenna vs Bob Probert from the Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks game on Dec 7, 2000

Reid Simpson vs Bob Probert from the St Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks game on Dec 10, 2000

Stu Grimson vs Bob Probert from the Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks game on Feb 18, 2001

Bob Probert vs Stu Grimson from the Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings game on Mar 10, 2001

Bob Probert vs Eric Boulton from the Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres game on Sep 20, 2000

Stu Grimson vs Bob Probert from the Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks game on Oct 21, 1999

Eric Cairns vs Bob Probert from the New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks game on Nov 12, 1999

Georges Laraque vs Bob Probert from the Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks game on Nov 14, 1999

Grant Marshall vs Bob Probert from the Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks game on Dec 23, 1999

Wade Belak vs Bob Probert from the Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks game on Jan 6, 2000

Chris Dingman vs Bob Probert from the Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks game on Jan 9, 2000

As well as going through his catalog season by season we took the time to compile the laundry list of his fights against one of his biggest rivals, Donald Brashear, into a complete list of the 8 fights he had.

Donald Brashear vs Bob Probert from the Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks game on Apr 5, 1999

Bob Probert vs Donald Brashear from the Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks game on Mar 7, 1999

Donald Brashear vs Bob Probert from the Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks game on Feb 17, 1999

Donald Brashear vs Bob Probert from the Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks game on Mar 10, 1997

Bob Probert vs Donald Brashear from the Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens game on Dec 18, 1993

Donald Brashear vs Bob Probert from the Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks game on Jan 12, 2000

There was a ninth fight between the two that we recovered some “lost footage” of but because the NHL doesn’t maintain records of preseason games from the 1997 season, we have been unable to log when the fight actually happened between Bob and Donald. Here is the footage of that fight:

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Open letter to Andrei Svechnikov https://www.hockeyfights.com/open-letter-to-andrei-svechnikov https://www.hockeyfights.com/open-letter-to-andrei-svechnikov#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 21:15:38 +0000 https://www.hockeyfights.com/?p=3112237 Dear Andrei, Ovechkin KOs Svechnikov Full video will be here: https://t.co/u1jq9azhZU pic.twitter.com/FvBsBTuSdQ — hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) April 16, 2019 First time writer (to you), long time watcher. It is with the purest of intentions that I… Read more

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Dear Andrei,

First time writer (to you), long time watcher. It is with the purest of intentions that I must write you this letter of thanks and appreciation. We here at hockeyfights.com appreciate every single player that is willing to drop the gloves, whether it’s a top line guy like yourself (or Ovechkin), to the guys trying to make a living in Junior A, B, and C, and not to mention the guys keeping the dream alive in their own rec leagues. So, to start this thing off, thank you for challenging someone to a fight.

I don’t think you challenged your fellow countryman (and probably your hero) Alexander Ovechkin to a fight expecting to get knocked out so cleanly. It happened and you’re a pro that will move on from it.

I don’t think you don’t agree with your head coach (Rod Brind’Amour) who upon seeing you go down so hard had this to say about the need for fighting in hockey:

because as I am sure you would agree, if you had instead knocked the snot out of Ovechkin, his tune would have been very different.

I don’t think you agree with this random observer of your loss last night:

because the logic displayed here (although seamless, save for the whole “mutual combat” clause of law) is easily applied to many things on a daily baseless.

If I could offer one simple piece of advice to you; if you have some time this offseason, visit hockeyfights.com and study up on what your teammate Michael Ferland has done and been doing correctly in his fights. Just want to see you challenging people to fights again soon, and holding your own!

All that aside, once again my friend, thank you for keeping the fights going. The entire hockey world hopes you recover nicely from this and are back to your scoring ways soon.

Signed,

Dan

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