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Top 10 Fights from Red Wings vs. Avalanche 1997 Bloodbath

There were fights galore!


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)

Duration: 0:04

Winner: Draw

Fight Rating: 1.5

Brent Severyn (Col) vs. Jamie Pushor (Det)

Duration 0:20

Winner: Draw

Fight Rating: 3.1

Adam Deadmarsh (Col) vs. Vladimir Konstantinov (Det)

Duration: 0:15

Winner: Deadmarsh

Fight Rating: 4.7

Mike Keane (Col) vs. Tomas Holmstrom (Det)

Duration: 0:18

Winner: Keane narrowly

Fight Rating: 5.1

Adam Foote (Col) vs. Brendan Shanahan (Det)

Duration: 0:45

Winner: Draw

Fight Rating: 5.2

Brent Severyn (Col) vs. Aaron Ward (Det)

Duration: 1:05

Winner: Severyn

Fight Rating: 5.4

Adam Deadmarsh (Col) vs. Darren McCarty (Det)

Duration: 0:15

Winner: Deadmarsh

Fight Rating: 6.3

Uwe Krupp (Col) vs. Jamie Pushor (Det)

Duration: 0:27

Winner: Draw

Fight Rating: 6.7

Patrick Roy (Col) vs. Mike Vernon (Det)

Duration: N/A

Winner: Mike Vernon

Fight Rating: 9.7

Claude Lemieux (Col) vs. Darren McCarty (Det)

Duration: N/A

Winner: McCarty destroyed Lemieux

Fight Rating: 10

Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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