Here we looked for tough teams that carried one or more heavyweights to supplement team toughness.
82 fights: Whether its a blip or a resurgence, look at the fighting major totals from this year! This is Anaheim's legacy of hockey in the new millennium. They started all of this. The 'Stache
led the way as a heavyweight, supplemented by the usual horde or tough guys (Steve Montador
, Ryan Getzlaf
, Mike Brown
, Travis Moen
). The players were in flux but the toughness was always there. Its the kinda thing that would make you tough enough to bounce the President's Trophy winner in the first round of the playoff, eh?
46 fights: They don't have the gaudy fight totals as some of the other teams, but this was a tough bunch from day 1 and they knew how to get the job done, flying out to the best record in the Easter conference with a mixture of brawn and skill. Milan Lucic
exemplied both while guys like Shawn Thornton
, Zdeno Chara
, and others made the Bruins a tough out. Trading for Steve Montador
at the deadline only solidified their toughness. The result? Arch rival Montreal couldn't even stand a chance in the first round of the playoffs.
74 fights: Led by Riley Cote
and the resurgent Arron Asham
, this team was cut from the mold of the old-school Flyers. When Cote went down, there was Josh Gratton
to fill in. When that wasn't enough, they brought in mad-man Daniel Carcillo
to add to the anarchy. Guys like Mike Richards
and Scott Hartnell
filled in with moxy and leadership. They may not have had a Dave Brown
type, but Broad Street was fun again in 08-09.
62 fights: They've had a tough squad for years. But they were always counting on someone like, oh, Jeff Cowan
to fight heavyweights. Finally
they brought in a legit heavy in Darcy Hordichuk
and the rest of the group fell nicely into place. Shane O'Brien
and Kevin Bieksa
added snarl on the blue-line. Alexandre Burrows
and Ryan Kesler
pissed people off on the front lines. And Rick Rypien
got hurt again and again. One year he'll be healthy and we'll have some real fun.
Yeah, so when in doubt, I think its only right to go with Anaheim
here. When everyone else in the NHL started to succumb to the anti-fighting tide, Anaheim bucked it and changed everyone else (sans Detroit) with them. They led the league in fights. They started it all. They win.
2003-04: Calgary Flames
2005-06: Ottawa Senators
2006-07: Anaheim Ducks
2007-08: Anaheim Ducks