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Top Ten Worst Hockey Goon Moments


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Yeah, I know, this makes the game look bad…

 

 

1. Retaliatory hit begets All-Star Game

 

Boston Bruins defenceman Eddie Shore was considered one of the roughest players of his era. On Dec. 12, 1933, in a game versus the Leafs, Toronto's King Clancy stood up Shore at the blue line as he was rushing up the ice with the puck. No penalty was called.

 

An irate Shore exacted revenge by slamming into Leaf winger Ace Bailey with a vicious hit from behind, sending the future Hall of Famer crashing headlong into the ice.

 

Bailey suffered a fractured skull – onlookers said it sounded like a watermelon hitting pavement – and never played again. A benefit game held the next year in his honour morphed into what is now the NHL All-Star Game.

 

2. "Rocket" Richard's tomahawk & the ensuing riot

 

The longtime Hab set the standard for snipers with an eight-point game in 1944. Few can forget his 14 all-star selections or his 1961 Hall of Fame induction. But the fiery "Rocket" Richard may best be known for the riot he sparked.

 

It stemmed from a March 13, 1955, game in which Richard was given a match penalty for deliberately injuring Hal Laycoe - tomahawking him over the head with his stick – and punching linesman Cliff Thompson. Richard was later suspended for the rest of the season, causing an uproar amongst Habs fans, given Richard was leading the NHL in scoring and his team was battling for first place.

 

The following season, NHL president Clarence Campbell was pelted with eggs while attending a game between the Canadiens and Detroit at the Montreal Forum. The game was forfeited and the arena evacuated due to an out-of-control crowd that took to the streets. A riot ensued, causing $500,000 in damage.

 

 

 

3. Wayne Maki fractures Ted Green's skull

 

Imagine the worst stick-swinging incident of the modern NHL era, complete with heavy wooden sticks and helmets nowhere in sight.

 

Voila, you have St. Louis' Wayne Maki opposite "Terrible" Ted Green of the Boston Bruins, circa 1969-70 in Ottawa.

 

In the midst of a pre-season game, Maki knocked Green down from behind. The latter retaliated by slashing Maki, who hit the ice. Maki speared Green, who again sent Maki flying. The pair soon exchanged vicious slashes until Maki clubbed Green over the head, fracturing his skull.

 

Green needed three major operations to save his life and had a steel plate inserted in his head. Maki was suspended for 30 days and Green for 12 games when he returned to action one year later. Assault charges were filed against both players, who were later acquitted.

 

 

4. Bobby Clarke's Summit Series chop

 

While most incidents of on-ice violence are met with shock and disciplinary action, Bobby Clarke's slash on Soviet superstar Valeri Kharlamov's ankle has been lauded in some hockey circles as an act of heroism.

 

With Canada trailing in the legendary series 3-1-1 and in a dogfight in Game Six, Clarke, at the encouragement of assistant coach John Ferguson, delivered a brutal two-hand slash to Kharlamov's sore ankle. The attack proved to be the turning point in the emotionally-charged matchup.

 

Kharlamov, the Soviets' most skillful player, was never the same after the hack, and the Canadians rallied for a series victory. When asked about the incident years later Clarke said: "If I hadn't learned to lay on a two-hander once in a while, I'd never have left Flin Flon." The attack also cemented Canadian hockey players' reputation as thugs who won games through intimidation and violence rather than skill and finesse.

 

 

 

5. Maloney crowns Glennie; crown sticks it to Maloney

 

Dan Maloney's NHL resume includes a Stanley Cup appearance, all-star selection and three 20-plus goal seasons. Oh yeah, an assault charge as well.

 

The former Detroit Red Wings left-winger was involved in an on-ice attack against Toronto's Brian Glennie on Nov. 5, 1975. Glennie's skull met Maloney's stick tomahawk-style, and it was lights-out for the Leaf. The incident made further headlines when Ontario crown attorney Roy McMurtry became involved and made the charge against Maloney.

 

Glennie was put on the stand, but it didn't matter much. "When I testified, I said very little," he joked later. "How could I? I was out cold at the time."

 

In exchange for a no-contest plea, Maloney did community service work. He also was banned from playing in Toronto for two seasons. Maloney finished his playing career with the Leafs in the early 1980s before embarking on a coaching career with the club.

 

 

 

6. The night the lights went out at world juniors

 

There have been plenty of modern-day brawls in hockey, but none have come close to the impact of the 1987 world junior championship game.

 

Canada was in contention for the gold medal and leading Russia 4-2 in the final game of the tournament … until a bench-clearing brawl erupted. The ice was covered in helmets and gloves, and pairs of skaters – goalies included – engaged in an orgy of rock-em sock-em blows.

 

When officials failed to get control of the melee, they shut off the lights at the arena. The players continued to fight in the dark, and organizers cancelled the game. Both teams were eventually disqualified.

 

Some Canadians were proud of the squad (Don Cherry, for one), while others were ashamed of the reputation it gave our national pastime.

 

 

 

7. Hunter ends Turgeon's playoff run

 

Dale Hunter could hurt an opposing team on more than just on the score sheet. The winger was never one to shy away from the dirty side of hockey. When he retired from the game in March 2000, he was the only player in NHL history to record more than 300 goals and 1,000 points while still recording over 3,000 penalty minutes.

 

But his brutal crosscheck on New York Islanders forward Pierre Turgeon in an April 1993 playoff game was a black mark on his career. After Turgeon scored a playoff series-clinching goal, Hunter came in from behind and nailed the Islanders forward into the sideboards, separating Turgeon's shoulder. Hunter, then with the Washington Capitals, was given a then-NHL-record 21-game suspension. Turgeon missed six weeks of action and his Islanders exited during the conference finals.

 

 

 

8. Jeff Kugel runs wild in OHL game

 

It was like a scene straight out of World Wrestling Entertainment.

 

A junior-hockey enforcer leaves the bench to join a brawl, sucker-punches an opponent from behind, straightens his arms while standing over him, works the crowd, chases away another player already involved in a fight, works the crowd again and throws his arms wildly like a crazed lunatic, challenging players, fans and all comers.

 

On Nov. 2, 1998, Jeff Kugel was handed a 25-game suspension for attacking Juri Golicic, as well as a lifetime ban from the Ontario Hockey League as a result of the incident that occurred a month earlier between the Windsor Spitfires and the Owen Sound Platers.

 

OHL commissioner David Branch softened his hardline stance on Kugel's punishment following a lengthy appeal, saying the then-18-year-old could apply for reinstatement at the end of the season.

 

Windsor later waived the six-foot-seven-inch, 265-pound Kugel, who went on to play two games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1999-2000 and four contests that same season with the Flint Generals of the United Hockey League.

 

 

 

9. Gary Suter ruins Paul Kariya's Olympics

 

The 1998 Nagano Games was supposed to be THE Olympics for the Canadian men's hockey team … until Gary Suter gave Paul Kariya some free dental work.

 

In a Feb. 1 NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim, Kariya scored for the Mighty Ducks and then was brutally cross-checked upside the head by Suter.

 

Interestingly, Vancouver Canucks GM Brian Burke was the NHL vice-president at the time and slapped Suter with a huge (for the time) four-game suspension for the obvious cheap shot.

 

Kariya missed the Olympics and the rest of the season with post-concussion syndrome. He returned eight months later but saw his production fall from 100 points in 1998-99 to 57 in 2001-02. Some say Kariya has never been the same player since the hit.

 

 

 

10. The Marty McSorley trial

 

Perhaps no other incident resonated in and out of hockey circles than Marty McSorley-Donald Brashear incident of February 2000.

 

McSorley, in the dying seconds of a game between his Boston Bruins and Brashear's Vancouver Canucks, slashed the side of Brashear's head with his stick. When the blow was struck, Brashear fell backwards and slammed his head against the ice. Brashear, who had no memory of the incident, suffered a severe concussion.

 

Outrage ensued and McSorley, who was suspended for 23 games, found himself on trial for assault with a weapon that October. The aging enforcer, who could have received an 18-month jail sentence, was handed an 18-month conditional discharge. The only stipulation was that he couldn't play any sport where Brashear was on the opposing team.

 

However, that condition really didn't matter anyway. The 17-year NHL enforcer, with two Stanley Cups to his name, never played another NHL game.

 

 

Copyright © CBC 2004

 

 

 

 

They forgot some, in my opinon.

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Originally posted by SteveAustin

actually...I found this to be pretty interesting...especially the early instances. some people forget...those guys didn't wear helmets.

 

and they used pretty heavy wood sticks..

 

i'd rather be hit with an 16oz tennis racket than a 40oz baseball bat any day..

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when, in game five of the ninety-nine stanley cup finals, after the game was over, darian hatcher squared off against rhett warrener, fifty pounds lighter and about five or six inches shorter, driving him into the ice and breaking his tibia and fibula.

 

when clint malarchuk returned for the sabres after getting his jugular vein sliced open by a skate, multiple fans in the boston garden crowd taunted him with the old finger across the neck gesture.

 

everytime claude lemuix stepped out on the ice in 1995.

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Originally posted by 23578

when clint malarchuk returned for the sabres after getting his jugular vein sliced open by a skate, multiple fans in the boston garden crowd taunted him with the old finger across the neck gesture.

 

Damn, I didn’t even know that. Harsh. From a city like Philadelphia, that’s expected. Boston, though, eh? Haha.

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two important things I know about hockey....

 

I attended a game with a rich friend and his dad at 11, we were three rows from the glass. A puck was knocked over the glass in front of me and as I went for it (being 11 mind you) a grown man elbowed me in the face and grabbed it...

 

Also I was born in the same room and at the same time as the son of the star player for the FLyers in 1981. I believe it was Bobby Clark but I dont know because I dont follow hockey and I havent heard the story for about 7 years.

 

....you 5 hockey guys tell me, which one of the good and famous flyers from 1981 had a kid in that year...

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my fondest non-nhl hockey memory still has to be the WHL game I saw between the Saskatoon Blades and Prince Albert (forget the team name) where the two goalies got into a knock down drag out fight. I was 11. I think that was the best thing that happened to me all year.

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Originally posted by Snow Walker

You’d have to be a hockey genius to know that!

 

Bobby Clarke is a badman. I ain’t saying I like him, though.

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Um, so you're saying that my request is too much or that I am a hockey genius and a badman?

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Originally posted by ese

my fondest non-nhl hockey memory still has to be the WHL game I saw between the Saskatoon Blades and Prince Albert (forget the team name) where the two goalies got into a knock down drag out fight. I was 11. I think that was the best thing that happened to me all year.

 

Yeah, fights go on longer in those leagues.

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yo i dont know much about hockey, but i was wondering about something for a long time....

 

my dad and i were watching a sports highlights show one evening and they showed a guy who aparentely got his throat cut open. he was bleeding PROFUSELY onto the ice with his body bent over , and an official was standing there next to him, i forget what he was doing.

 

who was this? any more info?

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Originally posted by freightlover

yo i dont know much about hockey, but i was wondering about something for a long time....

 

my dad and i were watching a sports highlights show one evening and they showed a guy who aparentely got his throat cut open. he was bleeding PROFUSELY onto the ice with his body bent over , and an official was standing there next to him, i forget what he was doing.

 

who was this? any more info?

 

Originally posted by 23578

when clint malarchuk returned for the sabres after getting his jugular vein sliced open by a skate, multiple fans in the boston garden crowd taunted him with the old finger across the neck gesture.

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