Feb 26, 1984
NY Islanders - Philadelphia3-5

Summary Of Events
1  7:46  Hit  Nystrom-Cochrane
2  8:06  Fight  Nystrom-Cochrane
3  9:13  Fight  Gilbert-Holt
4  9:13  Fight  Trottier-Holt
5  46:29  Brawl   5 players 
6  46:29  Fight  Boutilier-Brown
7  46:29  Fight  Smith-Clarke

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 Bob Nystrom  (Aggressor) 6'1'' 1200lb 10None
 Glen Cochrane  (Victim) 6'2'' 1210lb 10
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Jun 1, 2015 09:09 ET
Bob Nystrom goes up the ice wanting a pass but Rich Sutter makes a nice play to keep the puck in the zone and chips it over to Glen Cochrane in the middle of the ice. Cochrane fumbles the puck though and has his head down to find it and regain control. Nystrom veers back into the zone and lines up Cochrane. Nystrom drives his shoulder right through Cochrane's chest, sending him to the ice as the puck goes free to Daryl Stanley. Play continue down the ice and Cochrane wants some revenge on Nystrom for the hit. Fun 
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Fight at 8:06
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 Bob Nystrom 6'1'' 1200lb 101450None
 Glen Cochrane 6'2'' 1210lb 101682
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Jan 30, 2017 10:41 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
8
There was quite a lot of backstory to this fight that fans may not be aware of. Bob Nystrom and Glen Cochrane were two tough customers, and they were both easily two of the toughest guys in the NHL during the early 1980s. Nystrom was a valuable asset for the New York Islanders dynasty that won 4 consecutive Stanley Cups. He was a reliable goal scorer who often came up big when it mattered during the playoffs (like when Bobby scored the game winner in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to win the series for his team in overtime). Nystrom's career high for goals was 30 (he came just shy of that in two other seasons), and his career high for points was 59 so it was obvious he contributed more than just physical play.

However Nystrom wasn't just a goal scorer and solid defensive player. He could also fight very effectively. The man had a chin of steel and could take a lot pf punishment. Nystrom was a very tough player and a feared individual. Some notable tough guys that Nystrom defeated included John Wensick, Larry Playfair, Nick Fotiu, Jim Schoenfeld, Bob Kelly, Danny Gare, and Randy Holt to name but a few. Additionally he also earned draws with very tough customers like Dave Hoyda and Mel Bridgman. Nystrom may not have been quite as feared as his teammate Clark Gillies (Gillies' dismantlement of Ed Hospodar and beating he delivered to Dave Schultz had a lot to do with his reputation), but he was a more active fighter and certainly complimented Gillies very well. The two of them were the policemen for the Islanders dynasty and helped them stand up to tough teams like Philadelphia and Boston.

As tough as Nystrom was, Glen Cochrane was even tougher and proved to be the better fighter. Cochrane wasn't nearly as good of a player as Nystrom but he had an important role on Philadelphia. Cochrane served as one of Philadelphia's tough guys during the early 1980s. Notable tough guys like Dave Schultz, Bob Kelly, and Andre Dupont who made up the legendary Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s had all left the team. Guys like Cochrane, Behn Wilson, and Paul Holmgren would come in and pick up the slack in the toughness department (in the mid 1980s Dave Brown would also join up too).

Cochrane was very feared as he was a wild man who would go berserk on his opponents. Additionally the Flyer was a powerful puncher who had a take no prisoners approach. The tough defenseman had a very impressive fight card during his career. Highlights on his resume include beating a young Joey Kocur and Chris Nilan, dropping Ron Delorme twice and Hector Marini three times, and he also defeated Bob Nystrom, Kevin McClelland, and Basil McRae twice. Other tough guys Cochrane had victories over were Ken Baumgartner, Dean Kennedy, Jim Peplinski, and Ed Hospodar. Cochrane also earned draws with the likes of John Kordic, Tim Hunter, Marty McSorley, and Terry O'Reilly.

Here is the backstory leading up to this fight. Nystrom and Cochrane fought on December 26, 1981. Nystrom who was usually known as a wide open, toe-to-toe fighter just held on to Cochrane and stayed in close with him for the duration of the fight. Cochrane ended up winning the tilt but it was a lot less entertaining considering who was involved. Fast forward midway through the 1983-1984 season. Nystrom pulled his teammate Gillies aside before the Islanders were to play against Chicago. Nystrom knew that Gillies was a bit intimidated by Chicago's Behn Wilson (incidentally a former teammate of Cochrane) after Wilson gave him a bad beating a few years back. Nystrom told Gillies he needed to fight Wilson to get the monkey off his back (see my review of the Gillies-Wilson rematch for more details on this).

Gillies did end up fighting Wilson on January 18th, 1984. Some time afterward Gillies pulled Nystrom aside. Nystrom had asked Gillies if there was anyone he was intimidated by. Gillies now asked his teammate the same question. Nystrom admitted that he was intimidated by Cochrane. Gillies told Nystrom the same thing that he had been told, that Nystrom needed to fight Cochrane again and stand up to him in order to prove to himself that he would not be intimidated. So on February 26, 1984 New York is playing in Philadelphia. Early in the 1st period Nystrom lays out Cochrane with a solid hit. Cochrane challenges Nystrom because of this. Bobby decides it is time to stand up and took engage his opponent in a rematch. The two men drop the gloves in the corner. This time it would not be a wrestling match!

Nystrom quickly connects with three rights as he just starts throwing punches at Cochrane. Cochrane answers back, hitting Nystrom with two big rights. Nystrom keeps punching, missing with a right but landing the next blow. Nystrom misses again but gets Cochrane's helmet off. Cochrane rocks Nystrom with a bomb that even staggers him (Nystrom had a chin of steel so you didn't see this happen often). Nystrom stumbles but gets back up as he takes a right hand plus an uppercut. Nystrom lands two rights as Cochrane slips out of his jersey. Glen is really ready to go to work now!

Cochrane tags Nystrom with three right hands. Nystrom is gamely swinging away but he isn't finding the mark with his punches. Nystrom stumbles and falls to his knees. This puts him in a very vulnerable position as Bobby is right at Cochrane's feet. Cochrane takes full advantage, hitting Nystrom with a well placed uppercut. The linesmen jump in there very quickly as they see Nystrom is at Cochrane's mercy. Nystrom is still fired up and he doesn't want to quit. The two men don't want to let go of each other and it takes the officials some time to get them apart.

This was an excellent fight that really set the tone for what would be a violent game. After this fight, lunatic Randy Holt would sucker Greg Gilbert and fight talented center Bryan Trottier. Then Bobby Clarke would get into a mixup with New York goaltender Billy Smith. Smith (who was known as a major hothead) would go after Clarke while Dave Brown took a few potshots at Paul Boutilier. However this fight was easily the best out of all of them. Both men had reputations as toe-to-toe scrappers who would just trade punches with reckless abandon and they lived up to their reps here.

Cochrane comes away with the clear win as he out landed Nystrom by a wide margin as well as connecting with the harder punches. However Nystrom deserves credit for conquering his fear and performing admirably in defeat. Bobby went down swinging and didn't give an inch to Cochrane. Although he lost the fight, it was a moral victory for Nystrom to willing engage an opponent that had intimidated him in the past. Nystrom also chose to slug it out with a dangerous opponent and deserves full marks for not taking the easy way out and going all in.
 SarcasticPillow
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Oct 25, 2012 18:41 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
7
Glen Cochrane gets the puck in the middle of the ice but has his head down and gets trucked into by Bob Nystrom. Cochrane goes down losing his stick in the process and grabs it back as play heads down the ice. Nystrom gets through a check from Daryl Stanley and play goes down to the endboards. Cochrane gets tangled up with Billy Carroll and takes him down, then Nystrom comes in and he and Cochrane get together. The mitts come off after Cochrane grabs Nystrom in a headlock. They step back and square off, then grab onto each other's jerseys with the left. Cochrane throws two rights and lands one as Nystrom lands two rights which get Cochrane to duck. Nystrom then misses a right and Cochrane comes back with a landing right before missing a right as Nystrom misses a right. Nystrom misses a right again as Cochrane misses another right but then Nystrom lands a right and Cochrane puts his head down. Nystrom pulls the helmet off of Cochrane but loses his hold of him in the process. Cochrane takes advantage, throwing five rights and landing two while forcing Nystrom to his knees. Nystrom regains his hold while on his knees, then gets up and comes back with three rights, landing one as Cochrane lowers his head. Cochrane's jersey comes off though and he throws three rights after, landing one. Nystrom misses a right and then lets go of Cochrane who then lands a right while Nystrom misses a left. Nystrom misses a right and then misses a left before falling down while missing a right. Cochrane lands two rights before the referees get in and break them apart. Nystrom wants to continue but he's kept away from Nystrom and they are separated. Good fight. It was open and with both guys active although not too accurate. Cochrane landed more and better punches for the clear win.
 BattleshipRules
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Jan 8, 2013 19:14 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
8
Nystrom nailed Cochrane with a hard and legal bodycheck as both were pursuing the puck. Glen did not like the hit and followed Bob all the way down the ice. Cochrane tossed Nystrom to the side after catching up to him. To his credit, he did not throw any punches until Bob had a chance to defend himself.

Nystrom landed a solid right cross at the start. Cochrane landed a good right hand with superior power. He landed a partial connect and missed a punch. Bob missed a couple of punches and landed a decent right. He missed a blow and he landed a solid connect.

Cochrane landed a solid blow and two hard right crosses. The second one knocked Bob off-kilter. Glen missed a punch and landed a pretty good shot. Nystrom was taking some punishment, but he bravely fought on. He missed a punch, landed a partial connect, and connected with a solid blow.

Cochrane continued to batter Nystrom. He landed two solid rights and a good right. Nystrom missed with a couple of attempts. Glen pulled Bob down on the jersey and Nystrom hit the deck. Cochrane landed one more right with pretty good pop. Bob wanted to continue, but the refs stepped in.

This was a clear win for Cochrane. He landed several power punches and overwhelmed Nystrom. Bob fought valiantly, but he took a beating. The fight was close to being a decisive win, but I think a clear verdict is the correct call. Nystrom went down because of the jersey pulling and he was continuing to fight back. He took a lot of punishment, but he could have kept on fighting.

This was an impressive win by Cochrane. Glen was a powerful guy and he was able to go toe-to-toe with Nystrom and overpower one of the best fighters of the era. Cochrane was in his fighting prime and was one of the very best in the NHL in the early-to-mid 1980's.
 hb11
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May 15, 2006 18:22 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
8
Cochrane is looking for a fight and Nystrom obliges. Both land some rights but Nystrom connects less and swings wildly and out of control at the end. Cochrane lands at least 3 solid shots before throwing Nystrom to his knees and landing one more good one before the officials intervene.
 EddieShore
912 fight reviews

Jan 8, 2007 09:11 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
8
Cochrane and Nystrom swings wildly in this one, especially Nystrom who lets his lefts and rights fly around like windmills. Their sweaters and pads disappear along the way. Nystrom as usual goes with his all out offensive style which leaves him open. He is drilled in the face a couple of times but it don't seem to bother him. Good job by Cochrane who was no stranger to wild fights. He thrived under these conditions and won it here from Nystrom.
billybalz
244 fight reviews

Aug 2, 2005 15:37 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
7
cochrane lands the better here and winds up on top in this good tilt
drwdan19
1233 fight reviews

May 26, 2006 19:13 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
7
bradu
891 fight reviews

Sep 12, 2006 19:39 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
8
ouch! Cochrane landed some REALLY hard, clean shots here. Nystrom shows an awesome chin and even lands some good ones of his own, but Cochrane takes the big win.
itsJ.Millertime
10410 fight reviews

Aug 17, 2008 19:26 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
8
Nystrom gets some good shots in but Cochrane takes over landing sevral big rights snapping Nystroms head back a couple times.
TheDanLine
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May 3, 2012 13:21 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
7
Cochrane just pounds away on Nystrom the entire scrap. One-sided win for Cochrane.
time2go
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Apr 19, 2016 15:19 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
9
FrAn6
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Apr 19, 2016 16:31 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
8
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Nov 8, 2016 10:35 ET
Glen Cochrane clear win Fun 
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michiann
May 4, 2010 20:55 ET
This is the fight that i think caused nystrom humiliation because he was given a bigtime beating by cochrane. I felt so bad for him because nystrom is one of the good guys in the league.Reply
heezgawn
Feb 16, 2012 12:03 ET
Nystrom and Cochrane fought three times, but strangely, Nystrom never went with Dave Schultz, Paul Holmgren, Behn Wilson, or Dave BrownReply
TheDanLine
Jun 22, 2013 16:24 ET
Quote from message by heezgawn
Nystrom and Cochrane fought three times, but strangely, Nystrom never went with Dave Schultz, Paul Holmgren, Behn Wilson, or Dave Brown
Nystrom shit his pants against Brown. He had a chance to go with him and instead wielded his stick like an axe and looked like a total pussy.
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ConcreteHands
Aug 4, 2013 19:10 ET
Is their a video of the incident?Reply
TheDanLine
Aug 4, 2013 21:27 ET
Yeah, happened on April 18, 1985.Reply
BattleshipRules
Aug 4, 2013 22:09 ET
You can find the video in the brawl card of the respective players. It won't show up on the fight cards.Reply
ConcreteHands
Aug 5, 2013 13:25 ET
Thanks I be sure to check it out.Reply
JimMcKenzie
Aug 6, 2015 12:00 ET
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TheDanLine
Sep 18, 2016 10:20 ET
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bzane
Jan 28, 2017 13:32 ET
Hmmmm, pretty good review, EC.

Did you really mean to say that "Nystrom admitted he was intimidated by Gillies"-?

"Gillies did end up fighting Wilson on January 18th, 1984. Some time afterward Gillies pulled Nystrom aside. Nystrom had asked Gillies if there was anyone he was intimidated by. Gillies now asked his teammate the same question. Nystrom admitted that he was intimidated by Gillies. Gillies told Nystrom the same thing that he had been told, that Nystrom needed to fight Cochrane again and stand up to him in order to prove to himself that he would not be intimidated. So on February 26, 1984 New York is playing in Philadelphia. Early in the 1st period Nystrom lays out Cochrane with a solid hit. Cochrane challenges Nystrom because of this. Bobby decides it is time to stand up and took engage his opponent in a rematch. The two men drop the gloves in the corner. This time it would not be a wrestling match!"
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EC
Jan 30, 2017 10:42 ET
No, that was an error on my part. Thank you for noticing that!Reply
BattleshipRules
Jan 30, 2017 15:30 ET
Haha. Actually, the two fought in a training camp one year. We don't know who won. I saw that Mrs. Nystrom was quoted in an article that she didn't know how to react initially and whether she could continue being friends with Mrs. Gillies. Funny stuff. :)Reply
bzane
Jan 30, 2017 18:24 ET
Whoops! SORRY!!! I hadn't known about the training camp fight. My bad! Nystrom may well HAVE been intimidated by Gillies- I damn sure would have been!Reply
EC
Jan 30, 2017 18:33 ET
Quote from message by BattleshipRules
Haha. Actually, the two fought in a training camp one year. We don't know who won. I saw that Mrs. Nystrom was quoted in an article that she didn't know how to react initially and whether she could continue being friends with Mrs. Gillies. Funny stuff. :)
The question of who was the better fighter would make for a great discussion! Gillies was the stronger of the two but Nystrom had a harder chin and could take a punch better (in my opinion anyway). It's tough to say who would win had they ever fought each other.
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BattleshipRules
Jan 30, 2017 18:46 ET
That is a good discussion. I would have to rate Gillies a little higher because he was the heavyweight champ for a few years in the mid to late 1970's. Nystrom hit his prime in the late 70's and early 1980's. He had bad losses to Schoenfeld and Hutchison before hitting his peak. Nystrom had very fast hands and a strong chin. He was like a harder hitting Jack McIlhargey in his prime. Gillies was one of the biggest hitters of his day. Guys were fearful of his power and he wasn't challenged to often.

Nystrom was probably a more complete fighter. The level of competition was better in his prime. I think both guys were all time greats, but I would have to rate Gillies a little higher by virtue of being the champ for a lengthy spell.
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EC
Jan 30, 2017 22:34 ET
Quote from message by BattleshipRules
That is a good discussion. I would have to rate Gillies a little higher because he was the heavyweight champ for a few years in the mid to late 1970's. Nystrom hit his prime in the late 70's and early 1980's. He had bad losses to Schoenfeld and Hutchison before hitting his peak. Nystrom had very fast hands and a strong chin. He was like a harder hitting Jack McIlhargey in his prime. Gillies was one of the biggest hitters of his day. Guys were fearful of his power and he wasn't challenged to often.

Nystrom was probably a more complete fighter. The level of competition was better in his prime. I think both guys were all time greats, but I would have to rate Gillies a little higher by virtue of being the champ for a lengthy spell.
Very valid points Battleship.

When looking at their respective fight cards, Gillies does come out slightly ahead. Jethro defeated the likes of Dave Schultz, Dave Hoyda, Terry O'Reilly multiple times, Tiger Williams, Stan Jonathan, and of course he also brutally knocked out Ed Hospodar and broke his face. Gillies also gave Behn Wilson a run for his money in their rematch. The only guys he lost to in his prime besides Wilson were O'Reilly and Schultz in their first fight.

Nystrom's resume includes wins over John Wensick, Nick Fotiu, Bob Kelly, rookie Larry Playfair, Jim Schoenfeld in their rematch, Tiger Williams, Danny Gare, Randy Holt, and Jim Korn. Nystrom also earned draws against tough cookies like Mel Bridgman and Dave Hoyda. Bobby didn't lose too many but Glen Cochrane beat him twice and he was also edged by young Scott Stevens as well as undersized Gary Rissling.

Overall it was clear that they were both dominant, competitive fighters. However I agree with you that Gillies comes out ahead as he was the champion for a time. Additionally Gillies did defeat some tougher opponents than Nystrom as he beat some of the best guys in the league. Jethro was the more intimidating of the two because he was capable of inflicting more damage. Nystrom could beat a guy pretty good with his fast hands but Gillies could take them apart and hurt them very badly like he did to Hospodar (and probably would have done to Schultz if the fight had continued).
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Fight at 9:13
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Duration 0:02ThrownLanded   Big   
 Greg Gilbert 6'1'' 2195lb 11000None
 Randy Holt 5'11'' 2184lb 11111
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Jun 1, 2015 09:19 ET
Randy Holt win by TKO
Fight called Unfair by SarcasticPillow on Jun 1, 2015
Reason: Randy Holt suckered Greg Gilbert
 Fun 
5
Greg Gilbert and Randy Holt get tangled up off a draw and Gilbert knocks Holt to the ice. Holt gets up mad and crosschecks Gilbert in the back of the head, sending him straight to the ice and taking a penalty. Gilbert gets back up and continues to battle for position in front of the net with Holt. Play is whistled down and Holt drops his left glove while landing a left jab to the side of Gilbert's head, flattening Gilbert again. Bryan Trottier steps in to defend his fallen teammate and drops the gloves with Holt. A clearly unfair fight since this was only a suckerpunch by Holt. Gilbert wasn't even looking at Holt when Holt dropped his glove and TKO'd Gilbert.


Fight at 9:13
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Duration 0:16ThrownLanded   Big   
 Bryan Trottier 5'11''  195lb 11100None
 Randy Holt 5'11''  184lb 11200
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Aug 8, 2012 09:45 ET
Draw Fun 
2
There have rarely been two players with such different styles involved in an altercation. Randy Holt was one of the most notorious goons in the history of professional hockey. He was out on the ice to hurt people. Randy was unlike a guy like Steve Durbano in that he was actually a good fighter and could back up his actions with his fists. He was similar to Durbano in that he seemed to have no conscience on the ice. Randy cared little if one of his cheap shots ended a guy's career.

In contrast, Trottier was one of the best centers in NHL history. He was not a fighter, although he was very strong physically and threw his body around on the ice. Bryan mastered the subtleties of the game and was committed to achieving greatness on the ice. He was a cornerstone of the Islanders dynasty.

To no one's surprise, Holt started the trouble on this occasion. He dropped Greg Gilbert with a gloved punch in front of the Flyers net. Trottier was in the immediate vicinity and Holt instinctively threw two left hands at him. Both punches missed the mark. Trottier threw a light right hand that missed, but it was more to keep Holt off of him until he could get him in a bear hug.

Bryan had no intention of swinging freely with Holt. He grabbed Randy in a headlock. The two spun around in a slow waltz on the ice. Randy was irate and was jawing at Trottier. Bryan was a cool customer as usual and was just trying to stop a possible rampage by Holt. Bryan was able to hold on until the officials got the situation under control. Thus, trouble was nipped in the bud.

The fight has to be regarded as a draw because no punches landed. Bryan displayed some impressive physical strength in this situation. Holt was immobilized and couldn't engage in his usual orgy of mayhem on the ice. Trottier was an extremely strong guy. I have a friend who remembers seeing Bryan in one of the old competitions where professional athletes demonstrated athletic skills and feats of strength. He recalled that Trottier was especially impressive in the weightlifting competition. Bryan was a rock of a man with a muscled and chiseled physique.

Trottier was one of the greatest all-around players in NHL history. He was a good goal scorer and assist man. Bryan had great chemistry with sniper Mike Bossy. The two of them were quite a combination. Trottier was a physical presence on the ice. He could dish out heavy checks and he was a difficult man to knock off the puck. Bryan was a good faceoff man and he was one of the best defensive forwards in hockey. He excelled in every phase of the game.

Trottier is one of the more underrated superstars in NHL history. He was not a boisterous self promoter. He was often overshadowed by glib and controversial teammates like Denis Potvin and Billy Smith. People tend to remember the beautiful goals of Mike Bossy and often forget about the excellent pass by Trottier to set him up in perfect position. Fight fans remember the exciting bouts of Bob Nystrom, Clark Gillies, and Garry Howatt. Trottier was a wrestler and only had a handful of fights.

Bryan was a quiet superstar. He was overshadowed by more flashy players like Gretzky, Lemieux, and Yzerman. Trottier was a big deal during the Islanders dynasty years, but his accomplishments tend to be overlooked in the present day. Trottier was an NHL MVP, a Conn Smythe trophy winner, and played on six Stanley Cup squads. He added veteran leadership to the Penguins juggernaut that won two championships in the early 1990's.

Trottier was well-respected by hockey writers and his peers. He represents every thing good about NHL hockey. Bryan is the prototype for outstanding two-way hockey. He was a real student of the game. He knew what to do in every situation on the ice. He was a tireless worker and was one of the best conditioned athletes of his era. Trottier got the absolute best out of himself physically and intellectually. He was one of the most talented and classy players in the history of the NHL.
 EC
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Aug 31, 2016 16:30 ET
Draw Fun 
2
A very unlikely matchup for a fight here as madman Randy Holt gets into a fight with skilled center Bryan Trottier of all people. These two men were equal in size but they could not have played the game of hockey more differently. Trottier was a valuable asset to some talented teams like the 1980's New York Islanders dynasty that won 4 straight championships, and he also was a contributor to the Pittsburgh Penguins teams in the early 1990's that won back to back Stanley Cups. Randy Holt was a truly crazy individual who was known for his outbursts of rage and his frequent (yet unpredictable) tendency to snap while out on the ice. Holt still holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes in one game.

Holt started all of the problems here by knocking down Greg Gilbert with a cross check. After Gilbert gets up, Holt then knocks him back down with a suckerpunch to the back of the head. Trottier races in on behalf of his teammate and willingly drops the gloves so give him some major props. Holt misses with two lefts as they spin around and Trottier misses with a right. Trottier pulls in close with Holt as he wisely wants to prevent Holt from swinging away. Trottier wrestles with Holt as the referee urgently tells all of the other players to vacate the area. The two men spin around a few times with Holt yapping at Trottier. The officials step in to stop the fight.

Frankly I am surprised that neither Clark Gillies nor Bob Nystrom dished out any payback on Randy Holt here. Holt certainly had it coming after giving Gilbert the business and dropping the gloves with one of New York's stars. It's a shame Gillies or Nystrom didn't track Holt down because he would certainly have not fared well against either of them! In any case this fight is a clear draw as no punches landed. There were barely any thrown as it was just a wrestling match.
 hb11
3930 fight reviews

Mar 23, 2006 09:17 ET
Draw Fun 
2
Greg Gilbert is the Islander who gets nailed by Holt. Trottier comes in for a chat and they start throwing. Holt misses 2 lefts badly and then Trottier misses a right before they waltz in a spinning circle. Plenty of words between them before and after the break.
 EddieShore
912 fight reviews

Apr 10, 2007 13:02 ET
Draw Fun 
3
Accurate review by hb11. Holt decks Gilbert in front of the Flyers goal with a left. Trottier who is the Islander closest to the action immediately skates towards Holt. Holt throw two lefts that misses and Trottier one right before they hold on to each other, spinning around before the refs break it up. They yapped at each other more than they fought. Holt was of course a legendary crazy MOF'er who was very unpredictable. Trottier was a star but he was quite tough, although no fighter per se. Here he didn't look very interested in taking on Holt.
 SarcasticPillow
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Jun 1, 2015 09:25 ET
Draw Fun 
2
Randy Holt floors Greg Gilbert after taking a penalty crosschecking him in the head so Bryan Trottier steps in to stick up for Gilbet. Holt grabs Trottier after losing the right glove and then misses two lefts. Trottier leans away and drops his gloves, then grabs Holt and gets in close. Holt misses a right and they wrestle around with Trottier not wanting to throw a punch. They stop on their own and start talking to each other, Holt gesturing to Trottier as the linesmen reach between them to break it up. Nothing really got going here. Holt threw a couple at the outset but after that it was just wrestling and eventually evolved into just talking.
JruGordon
411 fight reviews

Dec 24, 2005 21:53 ET
Randy Holt narrow win Fun 
4
Holt decked someone (Flatley?) in front of the net, then Trottier came at him, they exchanged a few punches, spun around for a bit, then yapped at each other, which Holt pointing towards the corner
itsJ.Millertime
10410 fight reviews

Aug 17, 2008 19:27 ET
Draw Fun 
2
Mainly a wrestling match with only a couple punches thrown and nothing landing.
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Feb 25, 2014 23:06 ET
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Brawl at 46:29
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Duration 0:22  Paul Boutilier  Billy Carroll  Billy Smith     Dave Brown  Bobby Clarke   
# Players Involved: 5
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Jun 1, 2015 09:36 ET
Bobby Clarke is in front of the net to screen Billy Smith when Marty Howe takes a shot. It's deflected out of play and Paul Boutilier shoves Clarke since he had bumped Smith. Dave Brown is right next to Clarke and goes after Boutilier so Smith drops the gloves and goes after Clarke. The linesmen break up Clarke and Smith right away while Brown is grabbed by Billy Carroll. Smith grabs Brown's arm through a linesman while Boutilier just covers up. Other players gather around but the linesmen settle things and break it up. A very quick, short, brawl. Fun 
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itsJ.Millertime
Apr 11, 2016 08:32 ET

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Fight at 46:29
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration 0:22ThrownLanded   Big   
 Paul Boutilier 6'0'' 5200lb 15000None
 Dave Brown 6'5'' 5215lb 15430
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 SarcasticPillow
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Jun 1, 2015 09:42 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
3
Paul Boutilier shoves Bobby Clarke since he had bumped Billy Smith in his crease. Clarke shoves Boutilier back but Dave Brown is right there and he drops the gloves, stepping in for his team's captain. Boutilier ducks his head as Smith goes after Clarke and Brown throws four lefts, landing three before he's grabbed by Billy Carroll. Brown tries to reach around Carroll to punch Boutilier but is just out of range while Boutilier just covers up with his head still ducked. Brown tries to get loose but the linesmen come in and make sure nothing more comes of it. Nothing much here. Boutilier just ducked his head and hung on until a teammate jumped in to restrain Brown. Brown only got a few punches off before Carroll stepped in.
 EC
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Jan 11, 2017 15:56 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
4
Philadelphia captain Bobby Clarke bumps into New York Islanders goaltender Billy Smith after the puck deflects out of play. Although Clarke was pushed into the goaltender, defenseman Paul Boutilier comes in to intervene on behalf of his goalie. He goes after Clarke but heavyweight Dave Brown is in there instantly to protect his captain. Brown grabs Boutillier and hits him with three quick left hands. Boutillier is bent over and in trouble so his teammate Billy Carroll grabs Brown from behind. Meanwhile there is another skirmish as Smith goes after Clarke.

This was a decisive win for Dave Brown. Boutillier was out of his league big time. He was taking punches and needed to be rescued by his teammate Carroll.
 itsJ.Millertime
10410 fight reviews

Aug 17, 2008 19:39 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
4
As Smith is fighting Clarke Brown grabs the closest Islander who happens to be Boutilier and starts wailing away with lefts and left uppercuts. Boutillier just covers up and Billy Carrol jumps in to save him followed by a bunch of other players.
 BattleshipRules
12550 fight reviews

Jan 31, 2014 22:12 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
5
This was like taking candy from a baby. Brown got his left hand free and started to pound Boutilier. He landed at least three lefts with solid pop. Billy Carroll grabbed him and was able to tie up the big power puncher. Carroll did not intend on fighting and was content to wrestle.

This was a decisive win for Brown. Dave was putting the hurt on Boutilier in a colossal mismatch.
CDD
4408 fight reviews
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Apr 7, 2006 13:08 ET
Dave Brown clear win Fun 
3
A scrum starts in front of the Islanders net and these two grab on, Brown throws about 8 lefts while Boutilier is bent over tring not ti get hit. Clear win Brown but Boutilier never really intended to fight back.
brawler29
1526 fight reviews

Jun 14, 2012 04:32 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
4
Brown hammers an un-willing opponent with a bunch of lefts before Boutilier i saved
TheDanLine
10030 fight reviews

Jul 14, 2015 07:02 ET
Dave Brown decisive win Fun 
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remo1975
Sep 19, 2016 22:54 ET
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Fight at 46:29
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration 0:03ThrownLanded   Big   
 Billy Smith 5'10''  175lb 1210None
 Bobby Clarke 5'10''  176lb 1000
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Jun 1, 2015 09:44 ET
Billy Smith narrow win Fun 
3
Dave Brown drops the gloves and grabs Paul Boutilier after he shoves with Bobby Clarke so Billy Smith drops the gloves and targets Clarke after getting knocked down in all the commotion. Smith grabs Clarke and throws two rights, landing one as Clarke ducks away. The linesmen are in on the fight fast and pull Clarke and Smith away from each other to make sure it goes no further. A very short, quick, fight. Smith threw a couple while Clarke just tried to get away from them but the linesmen got in. Smith landed one right as Clarke was ducking away so Smith gets the slight edge here.
 BattleshipRules
12550 fight reviews

Jan 31, 2014 22:10 ET
Billy Smith narrow win Fun 
3
Smith and Clarke had a skirmish in a scrum in front of the Islanders net. Dave Brown was pounding Paul Boutilier at the same time. Billy landed a couple of blows with at least average pop. It didn't look like Clarke got a punch off.

I rate this as a narrow win for Smith. He got a couple of moderately effective shots in. The fight was short and not very good.
CDD
4408 fight reviews
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Apr 7, 2006 13:11 ET
Billy Smith clear win Fun 
5
Clarke skates in after Smith makes a save and says somthing. Clarke turns around to go to the bench and Smith just goes off and starts throwing punches and a scrum starts.
itsJ.Millertime
10410 fight reviews

Aug 17, 2008 19:35 ET
Billy Smith narrow win Fun 
5
Smith just starts throwning some rights at Clarke and then keeps going even as the linesmen are in there.
Quick bout and cant tell if anything landed but give Smith the nod.
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JruGordon
Dec 24, 2005 21:54 ET
on my Flyers 83-84 tape, i have a Clarke/Billy Smith incident in front of the net, they exchange a few punches. i don't see Boutilier anywhere in this. would this be 2 incidents?Reply
no.7
Dec 25, 2005 10:39 ET
I checked the game summary and it shows Clarke, Smith, Boutilier and Brown getting FM's at 46:29. Armed with what you said, I replaced Boutilier with Smith and added a Boutilier-Brown fight. Can you see Boutilier-Brown on your tape?Reply
JruGordon
Dec 26, 2005 10:03 ET
no, don't see that at all...might be a quick one off to the side, as the Smith/Clarke was quick and everyone gathered aroundReply
itsJ.Millertime
Aug 17, 2008 19:36 ET
Yes it was the same incident. Brown/Boutillier was happening at the same time as Smith/Clarke so its easy to miss.Reply

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