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.
Donald Brashear, Philadelphia Flyers vs. Rob Ray, Ottawa Senators
Date: March 5, 2004
Cited in some circles as the “best” modern hockey fight, this bench-clearing brawl all started when Brashear and Ray dropped their gloves in front of the Flyers’ net and started throwing punches. Ray ultimately came out the worse for wear, sporting a nasty cut to the side of his face. But it’s what came afterward that had everyone on their feet: a two-team pile-up that resulted in more than 419 penalty minutes and 20 player ejections.