Although legitimate hockey fans tune in or pass through the turnstiles for the expressed purpose of seeing hockey, there are always bound to be some crossover hockey/wrestling/boxing fans who might get themselves a two-for-one package in the game.
Debate all you want as to whether or not fighting is really a “part of the game.” What cannot be denied is it happens, often in the spirit of a rivalry or just out of an unsavory incident that irks one of the participating clubs.
Baseball fans with a penchant for punches on the side have had moments like Jason Varitek force-feeding his catcher’s mitt to Alex Rodriguez. Puckheads with the same sort of cravings have a historically dense buffet of comparable occurrences.
In chronological order, 50 of the most intense brawls to occur and be caught on tape in the NHL and at various minor pro and amateur levels are as follows.