is proud to roll out the year-end awards for the 2007-08 season. It was a season in which fighting spiked back up to almost
pre-lockout levels, giving a lot more fights and moments to choose from for our awards. In the first two post-lockout seasons, no one had reached the 20 fighting major plateau. In 07-08, six players dropped the gloves 20 or more times. For the first time in a while, it was easier to come up with nominees for "best enforcing team" and "most improved fighter" than it was for "worst enforcing team" and "most disappointing." Meanwhile, another impressive and willing crop of rookies were eager to add to the fight parade.
Still, the effects of the expanded instigator rule have loomed large, continuing to cut down on brawls. While there were plenty of rivalries, there were only a handful of games which reminded fans of hockey's glory days when a palpable hatred existed between teams every meeting.
Still the 07-08 campaign had plenty of hockey fight moments to celebrate and we celebrate the cream of the crop with these awards. Please note any comments or suggestions! Visit all 16 awards and remember to check out on the attached videos and vote where applicable
For those new to hockeyfights.com, all the awards threads are in the Year-End Award sub-forum to "Who's the Best Fighter", located here: hockeyfights.com Season Awards
Edit: I should also mention, thanks to Kingdog819 and other forum leaders who helped with the list of nominees, ideas and finding stupid grammar mistakes. And of course VodkaFish for having video of all these events up and running 24/7