Show me the passion! I'm not suggesting that the NHL bring back goons, the thugs like Broad Street Bully Dave Schultz of the Flyers or Detroit's Joey Kocur, who could be counted on to mug opponents a couple of times in every game. But there can be no denying the entertainment value of watching genuinely angry men, guys who could play and fight.
Ted Lindsay. Tiger Williams. Bobby Nystrom. Wayne Cashman. Thy kept the bad blood flowing from one game to the next, leading to a delicious sense of anticipation that is utterly lacking in today's cleaner/faster/safer NHL.
Rivalries were fierce, and no rivalry was more intense than the one between the Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques. I once saw those two teams brawl before a playoff game. . .during warmups when player crossed center ice to retrieve a puck.
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If you haven't already done so, check out my Hockey's Tough Guys blog, part of the Legends of Hockey Network. In addition to profiling some of hockey's greatest tough guys, famous goons and hated villains, I post regular fight links from YouTube.com. It should come as no surprise that Hockey's Tough Guys is the most popular channel on Legends of Hockey Network.