The 15 Most Incredible Full-Team Brawls in NHL History (With Video)
One-on-one fights between NHL players are an awesome part of the game, but when two full teams get involved in the action, it becomes a moment that fans will never forget.
Full-team brawls aren't very common in today's NHL, especially since the league now has strong consequences for any player who leaves the bench during an altercation.
Let's look at the 15 most incredible full-team brawls in NHL history.
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
One of the most exciting regular-season games in recent memory was a February battle between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens during the 2010-11 season.
There were many fights in this game of bitter rivals, including a goalie bout between Carey Price and Tim Thomas. The two teams also engaged in a full-team brawl in the final stages of the game.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche
We don't have rivalries like this in the NHL right now. The amount of hatred between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings in the '90s was incredible and helped create some amazing brawls.
Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy, who was never one to shy away from an altercation, also dropped the gloves in this brawl.
This was certainly one of the most memorable games in the history of Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.
Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks
When the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks met for the first time since their physical 2011 Stanley Cup Final series, many expected some physical extra-carricular activity throughout the course of the game.
The fans in attendance that afternoon certainly got their money's worth. When Alexandre Burrows high-sticked Shawn Thornton, the chaos ensued.
The Canucks embarrassingly piled six guys onto Thornton while the Bruins, three of whom were in the defensive zone, rushed to his defense.
Can you imagine if Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome had dressed for this game? The action would have been even more intense.
New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Although it certainly was a game full of excitement and physical play, the amount of fighting in this game between Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders during the 2010-11 season actually reached a level of embarrassment.
While it's awesome to see a couple bouts during a game, this amount of fights ruins the experience for everyone involved.
Quebec Nordiques vs. Montreal Canadiens
This full-team brawl is a great example of why the Phoenix Coyotes need to move to Canada, so the Quebec-Montreal rivalry can be revived.
This epic brawl between the Canadiens and Nordiques happened in Game 6 of the 1984 Adams Division final. Both benches got involved in the fight, later named the "Good Friday Brawl."
Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings
Brawls like this really make me miss the great Detroit-Colorado rivalry during the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s.
All the usual suspects, such as Claude Lemiuex, were involved, but other characters like Peter Forsberg were also surprisingly part of the action.
The most hilarious part of the brawl was Brendan Shanahan's huge body check on Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames
In one of the best full-team brawls from the post-lockout era, the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres engaged in a memorable brawl during the 2006-07 season.
In addition to the many intense one-on-one fights, goaltenders Ray Emery and Martin Biron also went toe-to-toe. Emery even fought Sabres forward Andrew Peters.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and Senators head coach Bryan Murray also got into a heated verbal exchange.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames
Hopefully Winnipeg can move to the Northwest Division soon, because reviving some of the hatred that the old Jets and the Calgary Flames had would be awesome for fans everywhere.
This bout had just about everything, including goalies being targeted. Calgary won the game 8-3, but the score isn't the most memorable part of the game.
This was one of the best full-team brawls of the '80s.
Calgary Flames vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
This intense full-team brawl in the mid-'90s involved the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The real action began when Gary Roberts of the Flames went after Leafs forward Mats Sundin as the final horn sounded.
Boston Bruins vs. Quebec Nordiques
The Boston Bruins and Quebec Nordiques were two Adams Division rivals that had many physical battles in the 1980s, and this game was no different.
Ray Bourque, Cam Neely and Mike Milbury were among the notable Bruins involved in this brawl. Give the Nordiques credit—even though they had a lot of offensive skill on their team, they weren't afraid of anyone.
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks
A cross-check from St. Louis Blues defenseman Scott Stevens helped spark an exciting brawl between the Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks during in '91.
There were many one-on-one battles, including a memorable bout between Stevens and Blackhawks defenseman Dave Manson, in which both players took some thunderous punches.
Since this epic brawl took place on March 17, it was nicknamed the "St. Patrick's Day Massacre."
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators
In a game that set multiple NHL records for penalty minutes, the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators engaged in a massive brawl during the 2003-04 season.
The brawl also featured an impressive goalie bout between Patrick Lalime and Robert Esche.
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Bruins and Canadiens had an intense brawl during the 1985-86 season that got crazy on and off the ice.
Multiple fights broke out on the ice, but the most insane part of the whole brawl was when Canadiens forward Chris Nilan started a massive altercation on the Bruins bench and in the tunnel.
This brawl is a perfect example of why this is the best rivalry in hockey.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens
The Philadelphia Flyers weren't going to allow Montreal Canadiens forward Lucien DeBlois to complete his nightly pregame ritual of shooting the pucks on the ice into the opposing team's net. And as a result, a huge full-team brawl broke out.
The Flyers were not going to be bullied by anyone, even before the opening faceoff.
However, the Canadiens won the series en route to another Stanley Cup championship.
Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
Very rarely do players get into physical altercations with fans, but in 1979, the Boston Bruins players actually went into the Madison Square Garden stands to go after some fans.
The most memorable part of this brawl was Mike Milbury beating a Rangers fan with his own shoe. There's no way anything like this will ever happen again. It's one of the craziest moments in hockey history.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston. Follow him on Twitter.