Last month we asked you, the fine citizens of The Nation, to let us know who your favourite fighter(s) of all time was. Weeks later, after running the numbers through a massive bank of supercomputers, we’ve tabulated the results. AND NOW WE VOTE!

You guys came through with a lot of great suggestions; some obvious, all-time greats, some guys I had to dive deep within the bowels of Google to find. We narrowed that list down to the top 25, and once again we are calling on you to help us out. 

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Vote now for your favourite fighter(s) and the top 10 will be immortalized via a new T-shirt line from our friends over at Violent Gentlemen and


And as an ADDED BONUS leave a comment telling us all about your favourite fight, and we’ll choose TWO people to win a Violent Gentlemen x HockeyFights prize pack! 

Voting closes next Friday, so spread the word, start a grassroots campaign, bribe your friends, whatever you have to do, but get out there and vote! 

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  • Jay (not J)

    Personal favourite fight wasn’t actually much of a fight, but a damn near killing when MacIntyre crushed that Flames guy Ivanens or something. The only shame of it all was that the Oilers fired off their biggest rocket in the preseason. Mac never looked so good again.

    • positivebrontefan

      I was at that game, row three, about ten feet from that fight. That fight changed the way I view fighting in the game. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for it, but the staged heavy weight fights are best left for the boxing ring. That one punch changed Ivanan’s life and I don’t think he ever recovered.
      I was on the side cheering my fool head off and then Ivanans went down like he was shot. I was close enough to see his eyes roll back in his head.
      Neither of these two guys were NHL HOCKEY PLAYERS. They were at best, average AHL players and the only reason they were in the show was because of their fighting ability.
      Guys like Semenko, McSorely, and Laraque could actually play the game, and weren’t a liability on the ice everytime they went out hunting.
      I hope to never see anything like that happen on the ice again.
      That being said…Big Mac was a hell of a fighter, just not an NHL hockey player.

  • cody3point0

    My favourite fight would probably be the full out line brawl between the Oilers and Thrashers, the goalies got involved and I’ll always remember Mike Bishai throwing them from inside the Thrashers bench

  • Ho Borvat

    Love the fact that Rypien is on this list. In my opinion he was ultimately the toughest pound for pound fighter in the modern era. The great thing about him was that there was no drama and he wasn’t a cocky show-boat. Just a no nonsense guy who stuck up for his team, every time.

  • everton fc

    A few “loose thoughts”

    Twist wasn’t a factor until he got juiced.

    Probert never had his jersey tied-down. One of the things I don’t like about him, and why a guy like Craig Coxe didn’t get pummelled by him. McSorely had the same advantage.

    And the last post, people said Nicky Fotiu was “over-rated”, but the Hammer Schultz is represented here. Schultz said Fotiu was the only guy who scared Schultz.

    Finally, the list is flawed sans Behn Wilson and Clark Gillies. (Where’s Darren Langdon? And Rick Tocchet?? As good as Domi any day…)

    And I think Jonathan would have handled Rypien easily and Probert/Laraque/Semenko/Brown/even McSorely and Wilson would have rocked John Scott’s world if they could fight inside.

    (Good to see Bobby Nystrom on the list)…

  • Dirty30

    What? No Derek “dance with me’ Dorsett? The Princess of Pugilists?

    JB paid top dollar for this fourth line plodder to throw his face into fists and protect Linden Vey from scarey movies and stiff breezes (though he still broke Mason Raymond’s record for falling down for no reason in one season!)

    If JB is willing to bet ten million on Dorsett, well that’s good enough for me.

    Put him on the list!

  • ubermiguel

    Dave Brown was a very big player (especially for that era) and his reach and strength were mind-boggling. When he fought I genuinely worried I was about to see another human being die. I can’t say that’s a good feeling. I’ve grown to prefer the “functional toughness” of a guy like Clark, McSorley or Laraque.

  • nunyour

    Had a front row seat to see Brown fight Jim Kyte, Brown corked Kyte and he went down to his knees,Brown grabs Kyte with both hands,lifts him up and tells him to ” just hang on ” class guy.

  • BurningSensation


    And if Probert doesn’t win this poll, it isn’t worth anything.

    He was, by far, the scariest player to ever hit the ice, a supreme fighter with decent hands and hockey sense, he was the heavyweight champ for virtually his entire career.

    Junior kids to this day, still refer to their teams fighters as their ‘Probie’.

    He’s the king

  • Leaking5w-30

    I have a hard time calling Wendel Clark and Cam Neely enforcers. Top fighers… sure. But if you’ve topped 40 goals in a season ‘enforcer’ isn’t really your role. More like top line all round bad mamajama.

  • The older I get, the better I was...

    Favourite wasn’t really a fight. It was when Billy Smith hacked Dave Semenko in front of his net. Dave just turned around and clocked him so hard his helmet/mask exploded off his head. We went nuts!

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Any list that doesn’t include Larry Robinson isn’t worth commenting on.

    Best fighters were not the guys who fought for a living. They were the guys who almost never fought after their first few seasons because they had already established themselves as tough hombres you didn’t mess with unless you wanted to end up second best in a two-man race.

    Scotty Stevens is a more recent player cut from the same cloth as Robinson. He is known for things other than fighting.

    There is a player whose name eludes me. He played in the WHL and retired a few years ago from the NHL. I know he played for the Islanders and Caps. He had more fight in his game than Robinson or Stevens, but it was not his primary function. He was player, but when he dropped them, watch out?

  • T.C

    Robinson beat Schultz bad when the rest of the Flyers couldn’t jump in to save him. Probert was the king longer than anyone else. Brown was a destroyer as well. Watched a lot of these guys on YouTube working night shift. Nystrom should be higher and gillies should be on here.

  • The Last Big Bear

    1) Chara is highly underrated as a fighter. I’ve heard several fighters call him the toughest opponent they ever fought. But he’s not on the level of Boogaard, Probert, et al.

    2) Rypien was probably the best pound-for-pound fighter in his day. But guys like McGrattan or Laraque would absolutely take him apart. Putting Rypien against half the guys on this list would be bringing a really sharp knife to the opening night of Operation Desert Storm.

    3) Going to give a shout out to ‘Nasty’ Mirasty, who would be on this list except he ended up punching faces in the KHL instead of the NHL.

    4) I think Brian McGrattan may be the last king of the heavyweights. He went the last several years of his NHL career without cleanly losing a single fight. Like the last Irish Elk, roaming his lonely island in search of a worthy foe, but finding none, awaiting the end of his kind.

    5) At the end of the day, I give the top spot to Boogaard. After him, it depends on how you weight your criteria (ie longevity vs peak ability, intimidation, dominance compared to their peers, etc). But Boogaard is the top dog in my books.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Brendan Witt was the guy I was thinking of. Was the absolute terror of the WHL when he was a fabulous Thunderbird. Toned down his fighting in the NHL because he was too valuable on D and guys shied away from him.

  • Bishai in the Benches

    As you can clearly tell from my handle, my favourite fight was the line brawl between the Oilers and Thrashers back in 2004. Chimera and Laraque started it, then Andy “7th D man” Sutton was too scared to fight big George so he took on Eric Brewer and still took a few good punches. Then Bishai somehow(?) ended up IN THE THRASHERS FRICKIN BENCH and started pommeling Serge Aubin. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen watching hockey. The thrashers players standing beside him on the bench couldn’t do anything about it! Then Pasi Nurminen decided to pick a fight with Ty Conklin.. Bad idea. Conklin beat him badly. If memory serves me right, Conklin broke his hand on Nurminen’s head in that fight, GOOD ALASKAN BOY. The Thrashers played the last 2 min of the game with an empty net because Dafoe got hurt earlier, and then Nurminen got tossed. THEY DON’T PLAY HOCKEY LIKE THEY USED TO, WAY BACK IN 2004!

  • Tomas Oppolzer

    Favourite fight of all time has to be Iggy vs. Lecavalier in the ’04 final. There’s just something about seeing the offensively leaders on teams fighting their own battles.