Hello out there, I’m on the air, it’s Hockey Fights today. This is a weekly feature where we will take a look back at the best tilts of the week that was, a fond look back at the fights that were, and a strong finger wag at the worst fight of the week.
The season is born anew, our warriors have iced their knuckles, and ready for another year of hard hitting, code respecting hockey. This week (and a bit) was a great start to the fighting season. The preseason was lighter than last year (down 6 per cent) but this season has already started up 6 per cent from last years number.
Starting off our list at Number Three:
This was a hell of a game from Reaves. An off-season acquisition that was questioned by many, has rapidly become a crowd favourite. This was his first of two fights (and wins) and a goal. He absolutely destroyed Watson here and continued to the Pens dominance over the Preds that night.
Make his head bleed!.. Kassian is no Gretzky, and sure the helmet may have helped.. but fresh off a PTO, Tanner Glass takes no time to try and turn the tide in his team’s favour by taking on Edmonton’s biggest goomba in Kassian. Sure the team lost but Glass has a place in Calgary to stay.
Major Props to rookie John Hayden here. Stepping in for his first career NHL bout and while he wasn’t doing so well at the start, absolutely swung a wild haymaker from the hip and wobbled Marcus for a second there. I think Chicago has a bit of firecracker on their hands in this young man.
Classic Fight of the Week:
McSorley vs Clark (and Taylor vs Gill)
Back in the day when it was just “find your dance partner and square off” after big hits on stars, you had guys like Marty McSorley laying out Dougie Gilmour and then having one for the ages with Wendel Clark. Clark really had no business taking on McSorley in this one, Marty being one of the toughest sons of beaches this side of ever. But credit where credit is due, he took his licking and kept on ticking. Holding his own and getting a few shots in himself (that start was pure hell fire). Not to be outdone, and making the cameraman’s job slightly easier; the secondary tilt of Gill and Taylor was a spirited bout as well.
Finger Wag of the Week:
This is where we feature the one fight that probably deserved two minutes for occurring, rather than a major.
Tale as old as time. “Dirty” hit sets off guy and guy starts fight. Except that hit was borderline non-existent and if you want to call this a fight, I’m not sure what to say. These two look like they were auditioning for Snoop Dogg’s starring role in Starsky and Hutch.
Huggy bear anyone?
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So that’s the fights that were the fights. What say you citizens of the Nation? Did you like my picks? Did I miss a fight you thought was better or worse? Do you have a suggestion for the classic fight you want to see next week? Hit me up on twitter @TheNationDan or send it in the comments below.
Square up and protect your head.