Former NHL enforcer Don Brashear signs MMA contract

by Patricia Vincent | source: The Underground

Former NHL enforcer Donald Brashear has officially signed with Quebec’s biggest MMA promotion Ringside MMA. Brashear has a long history of fighting, both within and well without the rules, perhaps most notably over a decade ago, when he was slashed across the temple with a hockey stick by Marty McSorley, after beating McSorley in a fight earlier in the game. McSorley was charged with assault with a weapon; the incident was the end of his NHL career.

During the 2004-2005 NHL lockout,  Brashear went 2-1 as an amateur boxer under the tutelage of “Smokin” Joe Frazier. His official website also notes he trained under "legendary UFC Champion James 'Hoss' Skelton."


Brashear ended up being ranked the 15th all-time leader in NHL penalty minutes. He scored 85 goals and recorded 125 assists for 205 points, but his career minus-93 rating is the worst among the top 15 penalty-minute leaders.

His fighting continued when he moved down the lower tier Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH). On March 25th, 2011, Brashear was involved in a serious brawl on ice where he continued to punch a defenseless downed player earning a five game suspension. After the altercation, he allegedly attacked a fan in the parking lot. Charges are oending at this time.

It remains to be seen whether or not the commission (Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux) will give Brashear his license, and as of Thursday, he had not yet applied for it.  If Brashear applies and is licensed in time, he could fight as soon as Ringside 11 in Quebec City on June 4.

Brashear will reportedly train at Nordik Fight Club in Quebec. Should he get licensed, and subsequently fight (in a regualted bout) the question is whose path in MMA is he most likely to follow, that of Brock Lesnar, or James Toney, or Jose Canseco?




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GMB13 site profile image  

4/28/11 2:24 AM by GMB13

 VTFU, great idea.

Scramslam site profile image  

4/25/11 9:36 PM by Scramslam

^ exactly. Chris simon was more talented than Brashear, and a totally different kind of guy.

John Turner site profile image  

4/25/11 12:36 PM by John Turner

LOL @ putting Brashear and Simon in the same sentence when it comes to dropping the pads. Take a look: did a lot of things wrong in his career, but he whipped some tough dudes, and is easily in the top ten. Youtube what he did to the massive Boogard. And Simon would also stick up for his teammates without hesitation. Here is a prime how quickly he sends the message, you ARE NOT going to run my guys.

fiercedragon site profile image  

4/25/11 10:33 AM by fiercedragon

 Brashear wasn't a goon, but more of a reluctant enforcer. some guys relish the role and he just wasn't 1 of them. he has skill and skated a regular shift for most of his career. chris simon was a similar type guy. it's just a shame some of these guys get forced into these roles...

Gondul site profile image  

4/25/11 10:20 AM by Gondul

I wouldn't call Brashear a goon but let's not be mistaken, he wasn't on the ice for his spectacular playmaking or flashy goals. He was there to keep people in line. The thing that worries me is that Donald seemed to slow down and get less intense and less of a factor during games... Hopefully he can bring it!

Colt Seavers site profile image  

4/25/11 8:48 AM by Colt Seavers


MisterDerp site profile image  

4/25/11 2:53 AM by MisterDerp

This is not about money. This is about kicking ass and taking names.

Mushroom Slap site profile image  

4/25/11 2:49 AM by Mushroom Slap

he makes 100x what he woudl in MMA in the NHL

MisterDerp site profile image  

4/25/11 2:42 AM by MisterDerp

If anybody should sign an MMA contract it should be Lucic!

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4/24/11 9:53 PM by kidpresentable