As I was going down the old Twitter rabbit hole a while back I came across a piece in the Detroit Free Press titled, “March 26, 1997: All 9 fights between the Avalanche and Red Wings.” Even though I am not the biggest hockey fan in the world, I am most definitely a fan of a good hockey fight, especially if said fight involves the Detroit Red Wings.
What was really cool is that FREEP used a site I had never heard of called Drop Your Gloves as a source. The site tracks and gives stats on hockey fights, including each and every fight (including the epic brawl) that took place on March 26, 1997, between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche.
As I browsed the site, I realized there were actually 10 fights that took place on that unforgettable day.
Trusting the opinion of the powers that be at Drop the Gloves, let’s look at how those 10 fights ranked from worst to best. Can you guess which fight came in at No. 1 on the list?
It’s time to let the fighting do the talking!
Rene Corbet (Col) vs. Kirk Maltby (Det)
Fight Rating: 1.5
Brent Severyn (Col) vs. Jamie Pushor (Det)
Fight Rating: 3.1
Adam Deadmarsh (Col) vs. Vladimir Konstantinov (Det)
Fight Rating: 4.7
Mike Keane (Col) vs. Tomas Holmstrom (Det)
Winner: Keane narrowly
Fight Rating: 5.1
Adam Foote (Col) vs. Brendan Shanahan (Det)
Fight Rating: 5.2
Brent Severyn (Col) vs. Aaron Ward (Det)
Fight Rating: 5.4
Adam Deadmarsh (Col) vs. Darren McCarty (Det)
Fight Rating: 6.3
Uwe Krupp (Col) vs. Jamie Pushor (Det)
Fight Rating: 6.7
Patrick Roy (Col) vs. Mike Vernon (Det)
Winner: Mike Vernon
Fight Rating: 9.7
Claude Lemieux (Col) vs. Darren McCarty (Det)
Winner: McCarty destroyed Lemieux
Fight Rating: 10