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3/24/10 10:07 AM
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Gordie Howe - yes, THAT Gordie Howe. In a time when almost all of hockey's biggest stars (Richard, Lindsay, Schmidt, etc.) dropped the gloves on a regular basis Howe was as tough as they came. His legendary beatdown of renowned scrapper Lou Fontinato is still considered one of the most one-sided fights in hockey history.
The fight with Gordie Howe by cool-baby. Y.E.onDOMReady(show_notes_initially);
 "Hockey Digest" report on one of the most famous fights in Hockey History.

Lou maintains he won the fight.

"Fontinato did indeed rule the hockey wars - until Howe challenged him that famous night in 1959. It all started ironically enough, when a Detroit player thudded against a young Ranger rookie named...Eddie Shack. Shack, still a season away from joining the Maple Leafs, was a main principal in the proceedings, as Fontinato recalls things. Shack was being his usual rambunctious self, and his aggressiveness was lifting the entire Ranger team. Rangers were winning 4-1 when Detroit's Pete Geogan, a hard hitting defenseman, decided to do something about Shack. He bounced him into the boards so hard that Shack's flying body broke a sheet of protective glass bordering the rink. This set up a chain reaction of events in which Shack later tangled with Howe. Shack wobbled away after getting caught up with Howe's stick and later required three stitches.

Fontinato was the Ranger policeman, the self appointed protector of youngsters like Shack. Fontinato remembers skating over to Howe and saying, "Keep your stick to yourself and ay off Shack." It was his job to issue such threats. Thirteen seconds later, Howe and shack collided heavily behind the Detroit net. Howe lost his footing as Shack skated away in pursuit of the puck.

Howe was scrambling to his feet when Fontinato came out of nowhere and knocked him down again with a solid check. Sticks and gloves hit the ice, and everyone semed spellbound as Howe and Fontinato rolled and scuffled in the area between the goal and the end boards. Howe snatched Fontinato by the shirt and tagged him with a series of uppercuts. Fontinato got in a few good shots himself, dislocating Howes finger and opening a gash over one of his eyes. Several days later it was also discovered that Howe's ribs were broken. Press accounts of the event varied wildly. According to the New York papers, the confrotation lasted les than a minute and the outcome was indecisive, but a Detroit paper put it a full 3 minutes and declared breathlessly that Gordie Howe was the new heavyweight champion of hockey. What made Fontinato clearly a loser were the photos published in the next day's papers his nose, already broken four times, was mashed and bloody and looked like a rudder swung hard to starboard. Though each played the remainder of the game without incident, after the game Fontinato entered the hospital for surgery on his busted nose. "

The photo is from Life magazine.
 
3/30/10 3:01 AM
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 Pound for pound the best fighter is Rick Rypien.  He's only like 5'11'' but he's quick and has good boxing skills.  Overall. it's Derek Boogard of the Wild.  He huge and strong as fuck
2/14/12 12:28 PM
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bob fucking probert
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 rip rick
9/20/12 1:15 AM
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No one ever dominated the NHL fighting scene like John Ferguson.

Fergie wins easily.
2/18/13 3:48 PM
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so sad revisiting this thread:(
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2/21/13 2:50 AM
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If you like this kind of stuff....

 

http://www.hockey-fights.com/forum/index.php

4/17/13 12:49 AM
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Mike_Souza - I think by the end of his career Milan Lucic will be known a the toughest player in NHL history. This dude is such a beast. He doesn't just fight he demolishes.

No fucking way. is Lucic  tough? Sure but when it's all said and done and he retires, he wont even be top 50 toughest of all time. Bob Probert is the best fighter off all time. He feared no one and gave anybody who wanted to fight him a chance. 

 

4/17/13 6:10 AM
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Has Zdeno Chara ever lost one?
4/17/13 10:49 AM
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Megatherium - Has Zdeno Chara ever lost one?
I'm not sure to be honest. Worrell dragged him to the ice a couple of times but I dont think he's ever been teed off on ever. Phone Post 3.0
7/3/13 2:04 PM
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I love the way Chara plays, but I dont look at him as a elite fighter. Dont think that is his job. Doesnt mean he cant take care of himself

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