Oct 28, 1989
Edmonton - Quebec6-3

Summary Of Events
1  2:27  Fight  Brown-Kimble
2  10:25  Fight  Brown-Kimble

Fight at 2:27
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Dave Brown 6'5'' 3215lb 10N/AN/AN/ANone
 Darin Kimble 6'2'' 3205lb 10N/AN/AN/A
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 EC
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May 4, 2016 13:41 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
8
Darin Kimble is playing in his 2nd NHL season and is looking to make a name for himself. The previous year he split between the NHL and the AHL. Kimble played 26 games for the Quebec Nordiques, the team who drafted him in 1988. He also played 39 games with their minor league affiliate the Halifax Citadels. Kimble spent the first half of the year in the minors, but was called up to the big club in the middle of January. Kimble would spent the rest of the 1988-1989 season with Quebec.

During his rookie season, Kimble fought 11 times in 26 games, so he was a very willing fighter. He also took on some of the toughest guys the league had to offer. Darin's best performances were against Jay Miller and fellow rookie Rudy Poeschek. Kimble earned a draw against both men in great fights and both of them were top 10 fighters so those were very impressive showings by Kimble. Aside from a narrow loss to Rich Pilon, the rookie really didn't lose any fights.

Kimble didn't beat too many tough opponents in his first season. However the rookie did manage to beat Basil McRae in one of the best fights of the year as well as tough guy Jay Caufield. Starting his second season with Quebec, Kimble made an impact in his first fight of the year. Darin dropped the gloves with Marc Laforge, a man with a reputation in the minors. Laforge lost the fight badly as Kimble dropped him to the ice. Kimble also cut his opponent open quite badly as well. In fact, their fight was easily one of the bloodiest hockey fights you'll ever see.

After scoring this impressive win, Kimble tries to keep it going. 3 days later Quebec is playing Edmonton. Kimble drops the gloves with his toughest opponent yet: Dave Brown. Brown is one of the toughest guys in the league and arguably the champ (Joey Kocur was the only other serious contender for the title belt with Bob Probert sidelined). This is a real test of how tough Kimble is as the young gun takes on one of the premier fighters in the league.

The two men go at it right off a faceoff at center ice. Brown gets the left going, hitting Kimble with two blows. Kimble takes a few swings with the right but they fail to connect. Brown then tags Kimble with a left hand that staggers the Nordiques' tough guy. Kimble goes to his knees and absorbs a few more shots. At this point it looks like Brown has the fight won. However Kimble has other ideas and he mounts a comeback.

Kimble suddenly comes alive, going on the offensive. Brown is surprised as he had the upper hand and it looked like Kimble was done. Darin gets his right hand going, catching Brown with a few punches. Suddenly one of Kimble's rights catches Brown directly in the jaw. Brown goes down to his knees and Kimble throws another right at him. The officials rush in there to stop it. They have a hard time separating the two men who are still fired up.

Excellent job by Darin Kimble here. The young second year pro (who was only 20 years old at the time) surprised the veteran Brown and managed to drop him with a right hand, no small feat. Kimble demonstrated his toughness as he was able to absorb several blows from Brown before rallying to win the fight. This was not the last time Kimble would drop a top notch opponent. Kimble would score a TKO win against Troy Crowder the next season, putting an end to Crowder's undefeated streak. Kimble also dropped Stu Grimson, Basil McRae, and Francois Leroux in his career as well.

This fight certainly must have boosted Kimble's confidence and given him credibility as a bona fide heavyweight to be reckoned with in the league. However the young rookie would make a costly mistake after the fight. Apparently Kimble got cocky after the scrap and verbally taunted Brown. Veteran heavyweights normally don't like it when a young buck taunts them and shows disrespect. On the one hand it is good for a young tough guy to have a chip on his shoulder and be willing to throw down with tough veterans. However you also don't want to see him get too cocky or arrogant.

Compounding the problem here is the particular heavyweight Kimble was taunting was Dave Brown, one of the scariest men who ever played and who many times looked to be trying to kill his opponents when he fought them. Brown most likely would have wanted a rematch anyway after being dropped and embarrassed, but Kimble's taunting would make Round 2 a certainty. Brown would put a beating on the young man, humbling him and teaching him a lesson in respect.
 BattleshipRules
12361 fight reviews

Jul 19, 2013 21:17 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
8
The clip at DYG shows the beginning and end of the contest. There may have been more action in the middle of the fight. There was enough of the footage shown to determine with certainty the result of the fight.

Brown got off to a strong start. He missed a punch and landed a solid blow. Kimble missed a punch and landed an average shot. Dave landed a good blow that knocked Darin to his knees for a second.

We see the fight from another angle as the coverage continues. It appeared that Brown missed a punch and was back on his heels. Kimble nailed him with a good right that put him on his back. This was the end of the bout and there was no further action.

This was a TKO win for Kimble. Apparently, he did some trash talking in the aftermath and this was never a good idea against a guy as dangerous as Brown. Big Dave gave him a beating in the rematch.
 chrisY2J
1227 fight reviews

Jun 7, 2014 21:33 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
7
The veteran Dave Brown (then of the Oilers) and the young Darin Kimble (then of the Nordiques) go at it after the faceoff. They join in battle quickly and are trading huge bombs in a wild-swinging scuffle. Brown was throwing lefts and Kimble was throwing rights. It doesn't last very long.

Brown is battering Kimble with some mean lefts, but Darin emerges from his defensive shell and unleashes a series of fast and hard straight rights. Kimble catches Brown with a big right hand to the jaw that wobbles the Oiler heavyweight's knees. The blow makes Brown stumble and fall. The officials quickly break it up when they see Brown go down.

This was an impressive TKO win for Kimble over one of the all-time greats in Brown, someone who was arguably the heavyweight champ of the NHL at the time. Kimble showed here that, early in his career, he had a punch like a mule-kick and was as dangerous as anyone in the league.

While they are in the penalty boxes, Kimble is verbally taunting Brown. This would prove to be a mistake...
Anthony19
2985 fight reviews

Sep 4, 2006 01:51 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
8
mullet
19512 fight reviews

Dec 9, 2006 05:25 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
7
Kimble drops Brown in a quick fight. Very impressive win.
FrAn6
3443 fight reviews

Apr 6, 2012 15:33 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
7
DerDiggler
1552 fight reviews

May 20, 2013 14:02 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
8
Brown starts off fast, pounding Kimble with a series of hard lefts. Kimble weathers the storm, and unleashes a series of punches himself. The last punch knocked Brown down, earning Kimble the TKO win.

As chrisy2j states, Kimble was taunting Brown from the box after the fight. This would end up being a terrible decision...fight 2 below...
Oneill.the.Giant
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Jul 5, 2014 16:19 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
7
TheDanLine
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Dec 10, 2015 00:18 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
8
itsJ.Millertime
9876 fight reviews

Jul 4, 2016 01:42 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
8
Kimble lands a stinging right the drops Brown on his backside ending the bout.
supersonic
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Mar 20 09:21 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
7
brawler29
1494 fight reviews

Mar 28 11:24 ET
Darin Kimble win by TKO Fun 
8
Quick scrap, Kimble gets off a few rights and one connects and down goes Brown in truly a real upset. One of Brown´s very few weaknesses was his chin.
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LukeLaC
Jan 7, 2009 09:27 ET
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chrisY2J
May 4, 2016 14:11 ET
Great post, EC.

Reading over your post, I realized it was probably a good thing for Kimble that the rematch took place in the same game. Look what happened to Stu Grimson after he beat Brown in their first fight, and then Brown had two days to let the hatred fester before the rematch.
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EC
May 4, 2016 14:34 ET
Quote from message by chrisY2J
Great post, EC.

Reading over your post, I realized it was probably a good thing for Kimble that the rematch took place in the same game. Look what happened to Stu Grimson after he beat Brown in their first fight, and then Brown had two days to let the hatred fester before the rematch.
Thanks Chris.

I don't know if Kimble felt that it was a good thing after being pummeled by Brown in their rematch! However I think you're right. If Brown inflicted that much damage to Grimson after a 2 day buildup, who knows what he would have done to Kimble? Edmonton didn't play Quebec again until the middle of December! Grimson barely beat Brown and yet Brown badly wanted a piece of him. If Brown hurt Grimson badly after a 2 day wait, I can't imagine what he would have done to Kimble if he would've had to wait a month and a half to get a piece of him! Especially after Kimble taunted him. That is truly scary to think about! It is probably best that Kimble fought him again right there and settled the matter immediately.
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BattleshipRules
May 4, 2016 18:36 ET
EC,
I love your reviews. You are my favorite reviewer on the site. You provide a detailed description of bouts and historical analysis of the fighters. Well done. Keep up the good work.
Battleship
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chrisY2J
May 4, 2016 19:03 ET
You have to pick up a copy of "The Battle of Alberta" by Mark Spector. It provides an excellent history of the long feud between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. There is an entire CHAPTER about the Dave Brown-Stu Grimson fights called "The Night It Went Too Far". What incredible stories and interviews there are about it!

It detailed how Brown was in this psychotic trance (staring straight ahead, unblinking, rocking slightly in his seat) on the bus trip before the rematch against Grimson. Brown apparently scared the hell out of his own teammates with the way he was so intent on killing Grimson. Even the unflappable team captain Mark Messier knew to back off and warned the other Oilers to avoid their teammate Brown.

If Brown had to wait to get his hands on Kimble, it might have gone even worse for Darin in the rematch. Fortunately, Brown was able to get his revenge quickly. If he would have had to ruminate on Kimble's defeat of him and the subsequent trash-talking, Brown might have injured Kimble as badly as he injured Stu.
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EC
May 4, 2016 23:41 ET
Quote from message by BattleshipRules
EC,
I love your reviews. You are my favorite reviewer on the site. You provide a detailed description of bouts and historical analysis of the fighters. Well done. Keep up the good work.
Battleship
Thanks for the kind words Battleship. I greatly appreciate it. Your reviews are always a pleasure to read as well. In addition to historical analysis, I enjoy reading your descriptions of the various fighting styles that prominent tough guys used. You have very good insight on the tactical side of hockey fights which is often a forgotten aspect by fans. Always nice talking with you.

EC
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EC
May 4, 2016 23:54 ET
Quote from message by chrisY2J
You have to pick up a copy of "The Battle of Alberta" by Mark Spector. It provides an excellent history of the long feud between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. There is an entire CHAPTER about the Dave Brown-Stu Grimson fights called "The Night It Went Too Far". What incredible stories and interviews there are about it!

It detailed how Brown was in this psychotic trance (staring straight ahead, unblinking, rocking slightly in his seat) on the bus trip before the rematch against Grimson. Brown apparently scared the hell out of his own teammates with the way he was so intent on killing Grimson. Even the unflappable team captain Mark Messier knew to back off and warned the other Oilers to avoid their teammate Brown.

Yes I read the message you posted on the famous Brown-Grimson fight where you mentioned this. I would greatly like to read that book, however I have been unable to find it in any book stores. I may have to search for it on Amazon. Thanks for putting it on my radar, it sounds like an excellent read with some great stories. I do have a book on the infamous Detroit-Colorado rivalry, as well as biographies by Bob Probert and Rob Ray. This book sounds like it would be a good pickup as well. Tie Domi just published his memoirs not too long ago. I've wanted to get my hands on it and I'm sure you would love to as well Chris if you haven't already!

Dave Brown truly was a menacing, terrifying individual. I think you can argue he was possibly the most intimidating fighter to ever play in the NHL (the only other serious contender would be Joey Kocur and perhaps Bob Probert). While guys like Probert, Kocur, and Twist seemed to try and put some major hurt on their opponent, Brown seemed intent on actually trying to kill them. His rematches with Grimson and Kimble demonstrated that it was very unwise to cross him. A Dave Brown on the warpath was a truly terrifying sight.
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TheDanLine
Jun 25 10:38 ET
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Fight at 10:25
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Duration 0:14ThrownLanded   Big   
 Dave Brown 6'5'' 3215lb 101494None
 Darin Kimble 6'2'' 3205lb 10710
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 chrisY2J
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Nov 19, 2015 19:03 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
8
Later in the game, Edmonton enforcer Dave Brown wants revenge on rookie Quebec tough guy Darin Kimble. Kimble did a generous amount of trash-talking after dropping Brown earlier in the game, and it was clear that big Dave really wanted a piece of Darin. After a faceoff, the gloves are dropped and they squared off, Brown stalking Kimble.

The two tough guys joined in battle. Brown had him locked out well this time, and he got the big left-handed windmill going. Brown connected about a half-dozen heavy lefts to Kimble's face. Kimble answered with right hands, but it didn't look as if he was connecting with them all that well.

Brown kept throwing big lefts. Kimble stopped throwing punches himself and went into survival mode, ducking away and trying to avoid getting tagged, to no avail. Finally, Darin had enough and went for a takedown. The linesmen then intervened after Kimble tackled Brown.

After the fight, Kimble was feeling his face and looked like he was in some pain. There was no trash-talking from Kimble this time!

It was a decisive win for Brown; he landed some punishing shots and beat Kimble into submission, making Darin bail out of the fight by going for a takedown.
 BattleshipRules
12361 fight reviews

Aug 25, 2015 17:17 ET
Dave Brown clear win Fun 
7
Brown wanted payback after suffering a surprising upset TKO loss to Kimble earlier in the game. Dave got the job done this time. Brown missed a blow and landed a solid left. Darin landed an average punch and missed two rights. Dave missed two punches and landed an average blow. He landed a solid shot and a couple of pretty good punches. Kimble landed an average blow and missed two shots. Brown missed a blow and landed a solid shot. He missed a blow and landed a pretty good left. Darin hauled Dave to the ice.

I rate this as a clear win for Brown. The fight was one-sided, but Kimble secured the takedown at the end. He wasn't in a hopeless state. Still, he absorbed a beating and the classification was a technicality. The Philly left-handed power puncher won this one big.
 EC
3776 fight reviews
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May 4, 2016 14:42 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
8
This event was a grudge match and a revenge fight, no question. Dave Brown and Darin Kimble went at it earlier in the game. The young Kimble managed to drop the veteran Brown in a shocking upset win. Making matters worse is the fact that Kimble unwisely chose to taunt Brown and deliver some trash talk after the scrap. Darin should have been more concerned with the repercussions of that act. Few fighters were scarier than a pissed off, fired up Dave Brown (just ask Stu Grimson). Brown badly wants a piece of Kimble and sure enough before the game is over, the two men have a rematch.

Brown gets two lefts in before Kimble answers with a right. Brown cranks Kimble with an uppercut and hits him with three more blows. Kimble vainly tries to answer with a few rights but it is futile as Brown starts to overwhelm him. Brown is on the warpath now and he blasts Kimble with left after left, connecting with another seven punches. Kimble finally has had enough and he pulls in close with Brown. Kimble just wrestles with Brown to stop the incoming fire, and he wrestles Dave to the ice.

This was easily a decisive win for Brown here. He pounded on Kimble to the point where Darin quit on the fight and bailed by going for the takedown. Kimble certainly paid for his cockiness and he got a lesson in humility as Brown fed him his lunch here. Although people were surprised that Brown got dropped by a young fighter, Dave came back and showed everyone who the tougher man was. Still, give credit to Kimble for engaging Brown in a rematch and for hanging in there, even though he got destroyed here.
Anthony19
2985 fight reviews

Sep 4, 2006 01:55 ET
Dave Brown clear win Fun 
8
mullet
19512 fight reviews

Dec 9, 2006 05:26 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
8
Round 2 and this time Brown really gives it to Kimble.
FrAn6
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Jun 8, 2011 20:49 ET
Dave Brown clear win Fun 
7
TheDanLine
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Jun 14, 2012 07:35 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
8
DerDiggler
1552 fight reviews

May 20, 2013 14:04 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
8
Round 2 for these heavies. Kimble TKO'd Brown earlier in the game, and was taunting him from the box after. Brown gets his revenge in this fight, landing a series of huge, unanswered lefts to Kimble. Decisive victory for Brown.
itsJ.Millertime
9876 fight reviews

Jul 4, 2016 01:50 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
8
Brown gets his revenge in a non stop ass whipping, Kimble tries and takes the beating like a man but its a one sided beatdown by Brown.
supersonic
4058 fight reviews

Mar 20 09:21 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
7
brawler29
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Mar 28 11:25 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
8
Great fight and as expected Brown came back for revenge...and he got it as he handed Kimble a beating for the ages. Brown fed him with so many lefts I think Kimble was begging for a right!
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chrisY2J
Aug 19, 2006 18:40 ET
A draw? Not at all. Brown hammered Kimble pretty well in the rematch. And Kimble clearly stagered and dropped Brown in the first round. I'm not sure how you came to the conclusions you did when rating these two fights, CDD.Reply
Anthony19
Sep 4, 2006 01:55 ET
Agreed. The 1st was a TKO, and the 2nd at least a clear win Brown.Reply
CDD
Sep 4, 2006 01:59 ET
im gonna have to go back and look at my tape...but im pretty sure the fights I reviewed are the fights on my tape.Reply
OilFan
Aug 25, 2015 07:42 ET
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TheDanLine
Jun 25 10:41 ET
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