Fighting is a part of hockey, some like it, some loathe it.
Over the ten year span from 2000-2009, the leagues that hockey's best fighters call home, the NHL, AHL, and LNAH--combined for more than 25,000 fights.
The following 50 hockey fights are the most entertaining scuffles from that ten year time period.
The LNAH does not have the highest quality hockey, but it is an excellent source of physical play.
Two of each franchise's most iconic players drop the gloves.
This long fight featured several good landing punches.
This was during a preseason game that had already resulted in four fights. The goalies dropped the gloves with DiPietro getting the better of Montoya.
Loose translation: "Parker got absolutely rocked."
Ah! Right in the shnoz!
These two were actually teammates in the AHL before trying to pound one-another here.
Both of these fighters are no strangers to going toe-to-toe, and did so in this bout.
At the end of a line brawl, the goalies fight at center ice.
Rypien was knocked down, but came back strong.
These two have been among the NHL's best fighters over the past several years. In this video, they show why.
These two have the absolute most entertaining player on player fight history of any AHL rivals.
Carcillo used to be a much more exciting player than he will be with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-2012. This fight is one of his best.
Brashear was ready to stop when the linesmen came in, but Marshall threw a punch and further irritated the already angry Brashear.
The young Boulton takes on a legendary Probert.
The second fight between these two that is featured on this countdown, but not the last.
The two just keep going until they can't.
Once Cairns finally got his arm free of Corson's grip, there was no stopping the beating.
They go toe-to-toe until Odgers falls down.
Nothing like a good toe-to-toe fight to get a crowd going.
Szwez didn't do too well.
These two literally threw until they couldn't any more.
Believe it or not, these two are actually friends off the ice.
Brashear dominated this fight from beginning to end.
Cummins was all over Purinton here, beating the Ranger in a toe-to-toe slugfest.
Both of these players saw time in the NHL this past season.
Two of the NHL's biggest men just traded bombs here.
After a brawl, referees called the period with over four minutes to play. After the skaters left the ice, the goalies decided to go, with Budaj demolishing Toivonen.
Another great fight between these two.
"The Grim Reaper" ends this one early.
Only one punch in this fight.
After a few failed attempts to grab on, Carcillo throws that plan out the window, and puts Barch out of it.
The players are mic'd up in this fight. Hearing the punches land might not be pleasant for some.
Follow the two players squaring-off at the start of the video. It's not clear why Brashear was so angry, but the otherwise controllable fighter did not stop pounding once his opponent went down.
Beatings don't get much worse than this.
A powerful haymaker left Tripp wondering where he was.
The single most legendary punch of Derek Boogaard's career, Fedoruk needed a metal plate implanted in his face after the fight.
This was the fight that secured Eric Godard a job in the NHL. In the previous game between these two teams, Boogaard was running over Calgary players.
Godard was called up from the AHL for this game, and did his job by protecting the Flames.
This is the definition of a knockout.
Peters should've stayed down the first time.
The two go toe to toe for a good 15 seconds, pause momentarily, then go at it again before tiring out.
Stock showed no fear in taking on a much larger fighter.
When hockey players decide to fight without first getting a grip on the opponent, the fight can have devastating results.
Boulerice missed a right, leaving him wide open.
Two teams with a tough history stay true to the reputations as Cote and Thornton go hard in this fight.
The ability of these two to keep going and going with such heavy punches is incredible.
The only way this ridiculous fight was going to end was with someone going down.
There is no such thing as a boring "Nasty" Mirasty fight. The tough guy who will likely never see the NHL has a long bout here with Dennis Bonvie.
Ray Emery can handle himself against the league's best fighters, and could probably make the NHL as an enforcer if he weren't already a capable goaltender.
There was an issue at the end of the period that needed to be addressed.
These two men settled the problem in the most entertaining manner possible.
HOLY JUMPIN! The speed of these punches is something that the bigger heavyweights cannot compete with.
This was the result of a high stick by Ottawa's Martin Havlat made on Philadelphia's Mark Recchi in a game earlier in the season.
The teams combined for 419 penalty minutes in this match. The final two minutes of the game took more than 15 minutes to play due to all the stoppages caused by fights.