Originally Posted by Johnny Pie
Couple of others I remember involve a player who is always
talked about for the fights he lost. Keith Magnuson
Well he Ko'd Earl Heiskala
of the Flyers who was supposed
to be a tough guy and of course his one punch on Carol Vadnais
. Keith did have his moments.
Both of these are on video.
Here is a pic of the Earl Heiskala
KO. Earl was busted up pretty good.
, the original Broad Street Bully, lol.
That Magnuson KO was kind of funny because the Flyers brought up Heiskala as a result of the beating they took from the Blues in the 68 playoffs. During that series, the Blues hammered the Flyers with the Plagers and Noel Picard
running roughshod over them. It all culminated with the Picard suckerpunch on Claude LaForge
. That was when Ed Snider had seen enough and determined that he was going to build a team that would never be intimidated again.
It was shortly after those playoffs that they brought in their first goon, Earl Heiskala
. He then proceeded to get knocked out by Magnuson, lol.
Obvisouly, the Flyers got a lot better in choosing their goons after Heiskala.
There was an interesting rookie game back in 1978 between the Washington Capitals
and Philadelphia Flyers
in Hershey that featured 9 fights. It is also an interesting side story to the Fotiu/Cunningham brawl.
While this was billed as a rookie game, there was some bad blood between these teams and everyone knew this game would be fight filled so Washington sent Gary Rissling
and Brent Tremblay, Paul Mulvey
, Gord Lane
, Nelson Burton
, Mark Lofthouse
and Mark Toffolo down to play in this game. Since this game happened to be on the same day as the Fotiu/Cunningham brawl, both Cunningham and Cochrane weren't in this game as they were called up to play for the big squad that day, otherwise, they'd have been there for that rookie game. There were 9 fights without Cunningham and Cochrane. Imagine if they'd have been there, lol.
The unheralded KO came in the form of Paul Mulvey
vs a guy named Mike Simurda. Now Mulvey had a huge rep and Simurda was not regarded as much of a fighter. It was comical actually as Mulvey kept goading Simurda into dropping the gloves, but Simurda was very reluctant. When he finally did, he nailed Mulvey with a wicked right and down goes Mulvey, lol. As far as I'm concerned, couldn't have happened to a better guy as we now know that Mulvey would later become the poster child for the anti-fighting movement.