Kenneth Mars’ character in the satirical horror movie “Young Frankenstein” said it best when he said, “A riot is an ugly thing, but I think it’s about time we had one!”
The same tends to apply to fighting in hockey. Technically speaking, fighting has nothing to do with the game, especially seeing as it never involves anyone focusing on the puck nor the combatants using their sticks or gloves.
And too often, gullible non-fans misinterpret hockey as “too violent” because they see too many brawl highlights and not enough goals, hits or saves.
All that being said, it happens. That’s just the fact of a physical game.
And as America’s oldest NHL franchise, the Boston Bruins have logged an abundant all-time share of players who do not mind diverting from the game action and stepping a little outside the boundaries of the rules to send a message to the opposition.
From the Big Bad Bruins of the early 1970s to Lunch Pail A.C. to the present, there has always been at least one regular blue-collar brawler in the home dressing room at Boston/TD Garden.
With a little help from YouTube and the Bruins’ section on hockeyfights.com, here is a compilation of the top 15 tough guys in franchise history.