Although fighting in the NHL has been on a steady decline for years (sorry, Don Cherry), the recent drama surrounding the Battle of Alberta has put it back on the map—at least temporarily.

With Edmonton Oilers’ winger Zack Kassian suspended two games for his now-infamous rag-dolling of the Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk, we’re reminded of other memorable fights in modern hockey history that grabbed our attention.


Although we didn’t include vintage throwbacks like The Good Friday Massacre of 1982, the 1990s, and 2010s provided us with plenty of high-intensity battles featuring the likes of Marty McSorley, Ray Emery, and Wendel Clark.

So, in no discernable order—because how could we pick just one for the top spot?—we’ve compiled a list of some the most unforgettable NHL hockey fights we’re still talking about to this day.

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