Bob Probert vs. Dave Brown. Who would you choose as the NHL's all time heavyweight champion?
The Vancouver Province newspaper has been running a promotion to determine hockey's all time greatest fighter. The two finalists are Probert and Brown. Probert advanced through, among others, Ted Lindsay, Clark Gillies, Tony Twist and Dave Semenko, while Brown successfully fended off the likes of Stu Grimson, Gordie Howe and Joey Kocur.
It's not surprising that two modern era fighters are in the final. I can't think of two more feared heavyweights in their time. I suspect Probert will come out on top. He was a fan favorite who got a lot of ink in his heydays, although not always for the right reason. Probert took on everyone and anyone, whereas Brown was much more picky in his glove dropping, and therefore probably never lost a fight.
Place your vote at TheProvince.com. The winner will be announced next Sunday!
Below is a YouTube video of the two heavyweights going head to head. Be sure to watch the replay, as a different camera angle is shown. The standing crowd tends to block the original camera at times.