I just wanted to post this here. It is a little breakdown I did on Eric Godard
's Juniors/AHL fights from over at darius' site. Godard was a great fighter and one of my favorites of the modern group. I was impressed with him in the show so I looked up his juniors and AHL fights. I was equally impressed by just how good he was then. It seemed like he was born to fight-the very God of War he would be in the NHL.
I had seen a few of Eric Godard
's AHL fights and had quickly become impressed. It led me to go on a search for more of his footage from his minor league days. Seeing the few Godard clips out there on youtube from his AHL days had me thirsty for more, so I hunted down more of his footage through trades.
Much of his earliest footage is from his junior season of 99-00 with the Lethbridge Hurricanes
. I was amazed at how polished he was even at a young age. He must have been only around 18 or 19 and he already had that style that he would use for most of his career. Already displayed great ability to switch hands and had good pop. He was big and looked like a force to be reckoned with in the WHL at the time. He had two great fights with Calgary's Stephen Peat
who would go on to be a solid NHL HW with an entertaining toe to toe style. In their first fight, Godard landed two great left hands and dropped Peat awkwardly to the ice. The second fight was a real battle with Peat taking an edge. A great fight. He also had a pair of fights with Seattle's David Kaczowka who I liked as an open, brawling style of fighter.
Godard had some battles with Medicine Hat taking on the likes of Josh Maser, Brett Scheffelmaier
, and Brad Voth. He fought Maser about 4 times, getting dropped in one of those fights. He was also able to take it to both Scheffelmaier and Voth, dropping Voth in the process. He also had a pair of good fights with Kootenay's Graham Belak
and also had a good battle with Saskatoon's Darcy Hordichuk
. Scored wins over Swift Current's Matt Sommerfeld twice and had a good fight with Prince Albert's Craig Brunel.
Godard was a great fighter in Lethbridge and served as the teams top HW. He teamed up with Derek Parker as a sort of 1-2 punch. Very impressed with how good Godard looked as a young HW in juniors, setting the stage for an excellent run in the AHL with both Louisville and Bridgeport.
Going at it against another future NHLer in Derek Boogaard
round 2 vs. Peat
nice battle here with Seattle's David Kaczowka
dropping Brad Voth
In one of his several battles with Josh Maser of Medicine Hat
Fightguy42's Eric Godard 2 dvd set is an excellent source of Godard footage. It contains the bulk of his juniors footage as well as the few available Louisville Panthers fights from his first two years in the "A". I found the 2 dvd set to be the most comprehensive available on Godard with footage going from his Lethbridge days in 99-00 all the way through to his first year in Pittsburgh in the NHL. What really interested me in Godard was his minor league footage so I did everything to get a hold of as much as I could to come to a thorough conclusion on his abilities as a fighter.
With FG42's 2 dvd set in hand, I also corralled footage from his first two years with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
, almost all of this made it to FG42's Godard set. Next up was a curious Godard dvd that contained only his juniors and AHL fights. There were no Louisville fights but it did have a few additional juniors fights as well as a second version of his fight with Worcestor's Steve McLaren
. There was also additional goals and assists thrown in the mix as well. It also had some early preseason fights with the Tigers, taking on Providence's Ryan Shmyr
and Springfield's Rob Voltera.
With the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
, Godard just got better and better. He was really a legit HW already and he developed good power in both hands to really compliment his two fisted style. He had an almost natural inclination to switch hands. He would throw 3,4 rights, then switch up to his left for a few, then back to his right. A comparison can be made to Jim McKenzie
although Jimmy Mac had much faster hands and added a little crossover to his attack. Godard was a bit slower, but made up for that with good power in both hands. Just a dangerous fighter to have to face.
Some of his Bridgeport Sound Tigers
highlights include getting buckled and then dropping Philly's Jim Vandermeer
, dropping Rochester's Andrew Peters
, 2 absolute wars with Chicago's Francis Lessard
as well as great battles with Craig Brunel, Steve Mclaren
, Dennis Bonvie
, Ryan Flinn
, Garrett Burnett
e, Christian Gosselin, Richard Scott
He displayed a good chin and willingnes to get down right mean. There were several examples of Godard standing up for teammates and going after non-HW's for past transgressions. He absolutely mugged Hartford's Richard Scott
and the two had a good spirited scrap as well, a fight I gave Scott the edge in.
He only suffered a few losses from the footage I was able to get a hold of. Springfield's MArtin Grenier
gave him some problems as well as Richard Scott
in their excellent fight. I also gave Lessard the edge in their second great fight of the year. Had some issues with Trevor Gillies
as well. I'm no expert but I'd imagine the two years he had with the Tigers put him at the top of the HW food chain, possibly in the top-5 in the AHL for that time. I'm guessing with that but he does have some very impressive showings as well as that mix of dominating victories as well as a few TKO/KO wins as well.
I posted a youtube clip lately of his great KO win over Hartford's Mike Wilson
. Just a brutal KO. Wilson went down hard folding his leg badly in the process. He was in all sorts of hurt and it was a single right hand that did the trick. He dropped Vandermeer and Peters with lefts hands, stunned Bonvie-his power was evident.
battling minor league legend Steve McLaren
his two wars with Lessard
good fight with Richard Scott
vs. another minor league legend, Dennis Bonvie
good fight with Ryan Flinn
KOing Mike Wilson
Dropping Andrew Peters
Coming back to drop Jim Vandermeer
Dropping Ryan Shmyr
In a good battle with Springfield's Rob Voltera
We've all seen Godard in the NHL and he has proven himself to be a legit top-5 caliber fighter who can be a match up night mare. We have seen him beat Boogaard, Brashear, MacIntyre-he literally has a punchers chance against anyone. Godard, Orr and McGrattan became my favorites of the newer era crowd because they go for the win. They are not cautious guys, they readily open up and go for it. All three have fought wars on the ice and Godard's overall, versatile skill set made him an instant favorite with me. Seeing his Juniors and minor league footage has made me even more impressed with him as a fighter.
I know this thread is usually for the career minor league guys but I think Godard fits the bill because he spent 5 years in the AHL and was a top notch fighter during his time there.
I'd like to thank FG42, zolika, arktohorse, and Ross for their help securing Godard's footage. It's always a pleasure trading with you guys. I'd also like to thank Humpzilla for the youtube clips.