The Best NHL Goalie Fights of All Time
While most sports are doing all they can to tone down the violence, the NHL is still going strong and allowing it’s players to throw down once in a while. Although it may be the norm to see players exchange some blows from time to time, it’s a bit more rare when the goalies start getting involved. But when they do? Eh, better find out for yourself…
Sean Burke vs. Mark LaForest
Back in October of 1988, the New Jersey Devils took on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the match got heated quickly. After a fight broke out between a few of the players, goalies Sean Burke and Mark LaForest decided that they wanted in on the action. Broken up by the officials once, they were back at it the instant the refs turned their backs.
Rick DiPietro vs. Brent Johnson
In 2011, New York Islander goalie Rick DiPietro skated out to center ice after a scuffle, daring Pittsburgh Penguin Brent Johnson to come and get him. So Johnson did, laying out the fragile keeper with one punch, sending him to the locker room. Okay, so it’s less a fight and more another chance to mock DiPietro for getting hurt once more
Ron Hextall vs. Felix Potvin
Have you ever seen two dudes just swing on one another until they simply run out of energy to life their arms anymore? How about four? That’s what happened when the Philadelphia Flyers met the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1996 and goalies Ron Hextall and Felix Potvin joined their respective teammates Daniel Lacroix and Wendel Clark in a throwdown that could be among the best of all time, if you don’t count the final one on our list.
Patrick Roy vs. Chris Osgood
It may be hard to believe now, but in the late 1990s the Colorado Avalanche were a dominant force in the NHL. The Detroit Red Wings were perennial also-rans, often ending their season at the hands of the upstart new team in the Mile High City. This led to one of the best rivalries in sports for a few years, and their games often left the ice stained with blood. In April 1996, it came to a head in a nasty matchup that had more fights than goals, and Roy and Osgood weren’t about to let the guys up front have all of the fun.
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