Fighting is part of the game and if you don’t like it, turn the channel, go watch figure skating, or go knit a hanky you can cry in!
The pugilistic art of the hockey fight has many little nuances that the average Joe might not be aware of, similar to the untrained eye watching a mixed martial arts fight.
The positioning of the hands on the opposing players jersey, the stance, switching hands at just the right moment, when to throw the uppercut, and more.
A fight can change the momentum of a game for a team with a quick right to the jaw in the same manner as a short-handed goal can…well close.
Toronto has a few guys that are known quite well by Leafs Nation and some that will endear themselves through some gritty battles this year.
There are also a few up-and-comers that may step to the plate when the occasion presents itself but aren’t tagged with the tittle of goon…yet.
Within the Eastern Conference there are certainly a few guys who like to drop the leather and throw the fists and these are a my top fights I’d like to see…plus a couple humorous altercations. After Alexei Kovalev although in a pretty pathetic effort dropped the gloves with Beauchemin in the preseason, anything is possible!