Nov 14, 1991
Detroit - San Jose3-3 OT

Summary Of Events
1  16:01  Fight  Probert-Gaetz
2  25:44  Fight  Vial-Odgers

 Fight at 16:01
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration 0:40ThrownLanded   Big   
 Bob Probert 6'3''  220lb 2519103A Bit
 Link Gaetz 6'3''  245lb 2520133
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 srehm1
357 fight reviews

Mar 7, 2008 22:19 ET
Draw Fun 
9
Bob Probert takes on the Missing Link in a major league heavyweight battle. Probert by this time had established himself as one of the most feared fighters in the game. Gaetz was enjoying a breakout season as a fighter and with this fight showed a glimpse of what he was capable of.

Both these guys go at it in front of the San Jose bench. When we first see these two, Gaetz misses with a right and Probert leans back and lands a good left. Gaetz continues to fire a number of right hands. Probert continues to go with his left but switches to his right midway through as they go toe to toe. Probie's jersey comes up and over his head and arms in an instant as he returns fire. Gaetz landed a few good shots with his right and had scored some points by the time Probert switched hands. Probert then gets the right going as he lands a good overhand and then a good uppercut. Gaetz then fires off three lefts, landing the third one. Probert locks up Gaetz and then pulls him into an uppercut. He then lands another uppercut, this one knocking Gaetz' helmet off. Probert pulls out from Gaetz' grip and fires an overhand right that lands. Gaetz responds by poking through a straight right in return. Probert then tries to pull loose from a now surprisingly quiet Gaetz. Gaetz holds on as Probert pulls a right free. The linesmen jump in as Probert lands one more overhand right to end the battle.

Unbelievable fight between two big boys. I can't believe how two heavyweights like this could throw as fast and as hard as they did here. I've seen this fight a number of times and still have to call it a draw. Gaetz really did well early on landing some rights while Probert went with his weaker hand. Probert came back strong landing some uppercuts and carrying the fight to Gaetz at the end. This was a huge fight for Gaetz who put his name officially on the map with this fight. Even though most people see it as a draw it still bumped him up a notch. Anyone who could stand in there and trade with Probert in his prime was a man to be reckoned with. Gaetz didn't last long in the league leaving us with only thoughts of what could have been.
 Boreal
516 fight reviews

Nov 3, 2013 14:38 ET
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10
Bob Probert was the heavyweight champ heading into the 91-92 season. There were only a few enforcers who could do battle with him and not get absolutely creamed. One of those enforcers was Link Gaetz. Gaetz was a huge man with a tendency to go absolutely nuts. He became the minor league champion and bested Joey Kocur in a bout. After a brief stint with the North Stars, Gaetz found himself in San Jose as a member of the new expansion team. He quickly assumed the role of enforcer for the Sharks and prevented the squad from getting bullied around by other teams. He would find the ultimate test in Bob Probert.

This was a battle of two champions. Gaetz had pounded his way through the minor leagues while Probert advanced to heavyweight champ in the big leagues. Gaetz had a chance to take that role away from Probert. The two met in front of the San Jose bench and the gloves came off. Both benches rose to their feet to get a better view of the epic battle that was going to take place. It was going to be one that would make history. Probert and Gaetz grabbed on and began to throw punches immediately, Gaetz with his right, Probert with the left.

Probert got a good punch in early. The combatants started to go toe to toe and were wildly swinging away. Probert was at a disadvantage using his left. Gaetz pounded Probert with some real hard right hands but Probert was the champ for a reason. He continued to throw and seemed unfazed by the blows although his own punches had little effect. Probert switched to his right and got in some real haymakers of his own as Link continued throwing hard right hands. Probie managed to tie up Gaetz's right arm but Gaetz was quick to switch to his left.

Probert's arm got tied up which gave Gaetz a moment to batter away with left hands. Probert slipped his right arm out of his jersey and tied up Link's left arm. Gaetz was unable to throw any more punches but Probert also couldn't throw any punches of his own. Gaetz tried to muscle his way out of Probert's solid grip but was unable to do so. Gaetz pushed Probert up against the glass, taking a solid uppercut in the process. Link's helmet was loose and another uppercut from Probert sent it flying off. Probie was doing an excellent job of fighting in tight. Both men were trying to prevent their opponent from getting an arm loose. It was a real grappling match.

Probert managed to get his jersey off as well as his helmet. Probert had his right arm free and they both connected with a punch. The two continued to stay in tight as Probert started trying to tug Gaetz's sweater to see if he could put the big man off balance. Gaetz changed the positioning of his arms but the move ended up being an error as Probert got his right arm free and was able to land two real heavy punches. The linesmen decided to intervene and were quick to escort the enforcers off the ice. Both men are out of energy and bloodied from the fight. They slowly walked towards their respective dressing rooms as the crowd roared.

This was a legendary battle. Gaetz was a top contender that had worked his way up to where he was. Link looked to best the champion and establish himself as one of the wildest and toughest enforcers of all time. He met with Probert in front of the San Jose bench and the two began to trade blows. Gaetz had an advantage early on. He was connecting with right after right, all of them landing well. However, Probert stood in there with a concrete chin. He swapped to his right and pounded Gaetz with a few rights of his own. Probert managed to tie Gaetz's arms up. Gaetz likely could have broke free but used up all his energy during the toe to toe portion of the fight. Probert fought masterfully in tight and got a few more hard punches in before the linesmen stopped the incredible bout.

Gaetz did very well in the fight but after his season with San Jose, Gaetz never played another NHL game. Link returned to the minors and had a very succesful career as an enforcer across multiple leagues. He couldn't solidify an NHL roster spot due to the fact that other than trading punches with enforcers, Gaetz had little effect on the ice. It's a shame we didn't get to see him have a long and successful career in the big league. "The Missing Link" will not be forgotten though and is often remembered for his wild nature and willingness to trade blows with heavyweights. He was one of the greatest enforcers in the history of the game, it just wasn't displayed in the NHL.

I judge this as a draw. Gaetz had an advantage early and connected with some hard right hands but Probert managed to have a strong finish to the toe to toe fighting and landed a few more punches to complete a big comeback. The fight was an excellent one as there was constant action, many haymakers connected and it proved Probert was still the champ as he defeated one of the toughest opponents he'd ever go up against.
 BattleshipRules
12910 fight reviews

Aug 6, 2015 12:23 ET
Draw Fun 
10
This was a good bout with sustained action. These were two of the toughest heavyweights in the business. Gaetz saw most of his action in the minor leagues. He wasn't anywhere as good of a player as Probert. Bob scored 29 goals one year and could really play the game.

The men traded with toe-to-toe furor to start the bout. Link missed a punch, landed an average blow, and missed a punch. Probie landed a solid left hook and a couple of average blows. Gaetz landed a couple of average blows and a couple of solid connects.

Bob switched to the right hand and landed a solid blow, missed a couple of punches, and landed a solid shot. Gaetz landed a solid blow and an average shot. He missed a punch, landed a solid left hook, and landed an average right. Probie landed an average blow and a body punch.

Gaetz landed a solid blow. Probert missed a punch and landed an average shot as his jersey came off. Link landed an average shot. Bob missed a left and landed a solid right as the refs were stepping in to stop the bout.

This was a terrific action fight between two of the best of the era. I rate this fight as a draw. Both men landed numerous solid connects and both did about an equal amount of damage. Gaetz may have landed one or two more punches along the way, but it don't think it was enough to earn a win. Probie fought him tooth and nail and proved that he was equal for the task of taking on "The Missing Link."

Gaetz was a mammoth enforcer with incredible size and strength. He could punch with either hand, take a good shot, and had very fast hands. He was a force to be reckoned with. He spent part of three seasons with the Minnesota North Stars and saw most of his playing time with the expansion San Jose Sharks during the 1991-92 season.

Gaetz performed well against Probert and in one of the two fights against Joey Kocur. He lived up to the hype. There are many tough minor league enforcers who fail to enjoy the same success at the NHL level. Gaetz built up a tremendous reputation in the minors with wins over guys like Tony Twist. He won the great majority of his NHL bouts in impressive fashion. The only guys he struggled with were Kocur and Gino Odjick.

Gaetz did not last long in the NHL because of a serious head injury caused by a car accident. He never played in the NHL again after the 1991-92 season. He bolstered his reputation by taking on the best of the best in the NHL. He was like a career minor league home run champ who had a brief stint in the majors and hit 50 homers in a year to prove how good he really was. People would have respected him less if he didn't go on to test his skills against the best heavyweights in the NHL.

Strong performances against Kocur and Probert showed that he was not overrated. His ability to take heavy punishment against Kocur showed that he had heart and courage. He absorbed a frightful beating and continued to compete valiantly. Gaetz was the real deal. He was a scary guy who continued to be very formidable in the LNAH. He gave Joel Theriault, Brandon Sugden, Serge Roberge, and Mike Brault all they could handle.
 chrisY2J
1233 fight reviews

Feb 12 20:58 ET
Draw Fun 
10
Detroit's Bob Probert, the reigning heavyweight champion of the NHL at the time, does battle with one of the toughest contenders around, San Jose's Link Gaetz. Probert was considered nearly unbeatable at this point in his career, while the Missing Link was already a minor league legend and was rising through the NHL heavyweight ranks in his first full season in the big league. Both men had very fearsome reputations, and deservedly so.

Probert and Gaetz meet up in front of the San Jose bench, shed the gauntlets, and tear into each other. Right off the hop, Gaetz is going absolutely wild with his right hand, throwing fast, pulverizing punches. Probert, for some reason, is going with the southpaw, which was not his power hand. They go toe-to-toe, and the Missing Link is just hammering on Probert. Probert's lefts appear to be powerless and ineffective, while Gaetz hammers home right after right on Bob's head and face.

One thing about Probert at the time, he had one of the strongest chins in the game. A lot of other fighters might have been beaten down by those vicious rights from Link, but Probert's brick chin served him well; he stayed in the fight. Probert switched to his right hand and continued to go toe-to-toe with Gaetz, who hadn't paused at all with his onslaught.

Gaetz and Probert keep hammering away on each other. Gaetz switches to his left hand for a moment, then immediately goes back to his right. Probert continues with his right hand and lands some good shots, including a jarring uppercut. Gaetz throws more rapid punches, but suddenly, Link appears gassed and abruptly slows down. It looked like Gaetz spent himself almost completely in those first twenty seconds. Probert, a little banged up but still upright, is still fresh and making a comeback.

Probert fires back with a couple right-handed uppercuts, the second shot a good one that sends Link's helmet flying. They spin around a bit and jostle. Gaetz lands a quick jab. Probert works himself free of his jersey. They waltz around some more and each connects a short shot or two. The officials decide to stop it at that point. Probert connects one last glancing shot to the head just as the zebras get in there. Gaetz throws one more punch over the top that misses.

The linesmen separate Probert and Gaetz, then send them to the dressing rooms. Both men are a little bloodied. Probert has a cut on the bridge of his nose that was reopened (he was cut by a stick in a previous game), while Gaetz has some blood around his mouth. The two warriors leave the ice to a big ovation from the San Jose crowd.

This confrontation between Link Gaetz and Bob Probert was an amazing battle, one of the best of the 1991-92 season, if not THE best. A lot of huge bombs connected on both sides, so call it a draw. Gaetz got a few more punches in overall than Probert did, but not so much that you can give him the edge.
 SlapShot
207 fight reviews

Jun 13, 2006 18:25 ET
Draw Fun 
9
Two of the meanest players ever square off in this battle of champion vs. challenger. It starts out with both trading rights at a furious pace, then Gaetz switches to his left and appears to land about three unanswered shots. After some clutching Probert lands an uppercut that knocks Gaetz's helmet off and Gaetz ends up pulling off Probert's jersey. A few more wild shots ends a classic stand-up battle, too close for me to call a victory for one or the other. Great fight, but I have to respectfully disagree with my friends who told me this was the best fight they ever saw, because Probert (Detroit) - McSorley (Pittsburgh) was even better than this one.
 SarcasticPillow
20206 fight reviews
145 fight logs

Jan 23, 2009 00:48 ET
Draw Fun 
9
San Jose Sharks' rookie defenseman, Link Gaetz drops the gloves with veteran Detroit Red Wings' forward, Bob Probert, two of the toughest fighters in the league. Probert gets his grip with the right while Gaetz gets his grip with the left. They start trading big punches with each other right away. Probert tosses four lefts and lands three. Gaetz, meanwhile, chucks six rights and likewise lands three. Then Probert switches hands and starts exchanging rights with Gaetz who just keeps throwing. Probert chucks five rights and connects with three as Gaetz tosses six more rights and lands four of them. Then Gaetz switches hands and throws three lefts, landing one as Probert lands a right. They grapple for a couple seconds and then Gaetz switches hands and misses a right. Probert connects with two right that knock Gaetz's helmet off. Probert misses a right before Gaetz misses a right, then Probert misses a right and gets out of his jersey and shoulder pads. Probert connects a right and then Gaetz connects on a right of his own. They grapple for a while and then Probert misses a right just as the referee wade in and break it up. Both guys are bleeding after. Just a great fight between two big heavyweights. It was a slugfest early on with Gaetz getting the best some really fierce toe-to-toe trading. Late as the fight when though, Probert wasn't as tired as Gaetz and had the edge there.
 zolika
1952 fight reviews
74 fight logs

Nov 2, 2012 07:42 ET
Bob Probert narrow win Fun 
9
This is one of the classics. Gaetz and Probert are lined next to each other on the faceoff and they are talking. After the drop of the puck they engage in a fight.

They didn't waste too much time here. For some reason Probert decided to go with the lefts and Gaetz with rights. The punches were flying and Gaetz starts better. They both connected with a punch each right in the beginning but Gaetz seemed to land cleaner. Probert takes it really well but his punches are coming up short. He switches to the right but he already ate 3-4 solid shots on the side of the head/helmet. Gaetz didn't slow down one bit but Probert had more accuracy this time. He lands two good ones and forces Gaetz on defense for a brief time. He also comes up with an excellent uppercut that grazes the big Sharks enforcer. However Gaetz doesn't give up and tries to connect with a left. Not sure he landed anything other than a helmetshot but it stops Probert from throwing. The pace slows down a bit before Probert comes up with his signature forearm uppercut that grazes Gaetz. Now he is on fire, tries to manhandle his opponent but Gaetz resists. They both missed with one although Probert's punch impressively sends the helmet flying. A couple of bodypunches landed on Probert's side before he smacks Gaetz on the side of the head. They grapple some more but the exhaustion takes over. Finally at the end Probert threw a couple of more at Gaetz but I don't think it landed clean before the refs intervene.

A terrific, spirited battle. The thing that makes the fight much more fun that they went at it with bad intentions. Nobody held anything back and both of these guys wanted to win. Gaetz did very well here as he pretty much hold his own against a prime Probert. I would really loved to see a longer fight as it seemed Probert didn't want to stop. Gaetz was clearly exhausted and wasn't as active anymore.

Maybe a debatable call but I still give a slight edge to Probert in this one. He came back hard and looked to be in control. Gaetz pretty much defended himself after Probert got going.

Still, a win-win situation for both of these guys.
 Shoryuken
6 fight reviews

Nov 10, 2004 07:17 ET
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10
The fight that showed that Link could've been an all-time great NHL fighter. Some say Probert won this in the second half; others say that Gaetz had it won after the first half (where he landed about 10 or 11 full-power punches flush to Probert during a t2t slugfest), so I've called it a draw, which personally I think it is. Not many were crazy enough, or capable enough of going t2t with a prime, pissed-off Probert, but Link was one of them.

Either way, this was one helluva fight. Several huge punches landed by both, and well taken by both - the highlights for Gaetz being the punches landed early on, while for Probert they would be a couple of monster uppercuts that he landed.

Both are cut slightly afterwards, and Gaetz had a quite badly cut hand also.
 EddieShore
911 fight reviews

Feb 17, 2006 14:49 ET
Draw Fun 
9
Both went toe-to-toe the first 10 seconds, landing some nice shots. A slight edge to Gaetz in the beginning. Then they tried to tie each other up and Probert had the edge at the end, landing with a couple of rights. Gaetz cut his hand and Probert had a small cut on his nose. Very close fight.
 AGWolverine
143 fight reviews

Nov 15, 2007 17:08 ET
Draw Fun 
10
The two drop the gloves and tie up next to the San Jose bench. They each connect with a few rights just before Probert switches hands and lands two lefts. Probert switches back and they go toe-to-toe with rights. Gaetz switches hands and starts throwing lefts while Probert struggles to get an arm free. They grapple for a short while until Probert gets loose and throws two uppercuts that knock Gaetz's helmet off. They each throw another right and then wrestle around until the linesmen come in. Probert tries to get a right in, but the two are separated and sent to the dressing rooms.
 Owned33
434 fight reviews
1 fight log

Jan 7, 2010 12:23 ET
Draw Fun 
9
From the very start they fight toe-to-toe, Gaetz throwing lefts & Probert throwing lefts & rights. A lot of punches connect by both players. Gaetz lands a fury of accurate lefts before they stop going toe-to-toe. Probert then gets Gaetz back with a nice uppercut & then another one, the first uppercut looked to be pretty effective. They grapple for a second, both throw a few punches that land. Then Probert gets his jersey off. They grapple for a bit, then the refs go in to break it up and Probert gets one last punch in.
mullet
19696 fight reviews

Nov 25, 2004 06:31 ET
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10
This was awesome fight. They were throwing bombs with murderous intents! Both were bloodied in this great bout.
Joonibal
142 fight reviews

Nov 18, 2005 15:19 ET
Draw Fun 
9
Gaetz lands a bit more early, but seems to tire out, whereas--as usual--Probert is still willing to go. Probert lands a big right as the officials are breaking it up; I wish they hadn't. Both are cut.
Anthony19
2977 fight reviews

Dec 3, 2005 23:57 ET
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10
Joker
335 fight reviews

Jan 27, 2006 06:52 ET
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10
drwdan19
1250 fight reviews

Mar 28, 2006 20:35 ET
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10
jkidd
141 fight reviews

Apr 11, 2006 13:50 ET
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10
Draw, both landed some bombs and neither guy gave an inch.
habsfan1987
144 fight reviews

Apr 15, 2006 08:34 ET
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10
They both land bombs on each other. After Probert looses his jersey, Gaetz is content to hang on and the linesman come in.
hb11
4461 fight reviews

May 19, 2006 10:06 ET
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9
Even fight with both guys throwing bombs and withstanding the others punches. Gaetz does real well early and Probert comes back strong.
gooftick
663 fight reviews

Nov 11, 2006 08:47 ET
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8
I thought Gatez landed more but still an even draw.
Cementhead
146 fight reviews

Nov 29, 2006 20:55 ET
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10
Awesome t2t exchange between two of the best!Very even bout.
goleafsgo987
886 fight reviews

Dec 29, 2006 13:42 ET
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9
lilburtis9363
1033 fight reviews

Jan 7, 2007 14:33 ET
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9
wow what a fight!
riverman72
476 fight reviews

Jan 16, 2007 06:50 ET
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10
Wow what a battle solid draw.
re
9284 fight reviews

Jan 16, 2007 07:21 ET
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10
Great fight they both have there Moments .
timperley
333 fight reviews

Jan 16, 2007 08:00 ET
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10
wow completely forgot about this probie classic, true meaning of toe to toe.
CHLfan
1411 fight reviews

Feb 11, 2007 13:20 ET
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9
steeles21
193 fight reviews

Nov 12, 2007 15:42 ET
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9
I thought Gaetz got the better of the toe-to-toe exchange, but then held on when Probert wanted to continue fighting so I gave it a draw.
CDD
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Jan 26, 2009 19:05 ET
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10
FrAn6
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Oct 25, 2012 10:16 ET
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9
Killahpunk
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Jun 11, 2013 17:50 ET
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9
These are two of the toughest men in Hockey. Missing Link has the early advantage in this one as he throws some quick hard punches. Probert gets himself organized and comes back strong in the second half of the fight. Great HW fight from two animals.
TheDanLine
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Jul 17, 2013 18:50 ET
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9
Penguins.Bees.Fan82
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Oct 28, 2013 06:53 ET
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9
SteveTheBossBosse29
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10
Oneill.the.Giant
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FightsOfHockey
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itsJ.Millertime
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One of the best fights ever!
crosbyXXX
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Sep 20, 2015 03:55 ET
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9
Leafs7172
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Jan 19, 2017 00:00 ET
Bob Probert narrow win Fun 
8
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CDD
Apr 26, 2006 21:04 ET
want to add that Probert was cut from a stick about a week before this fight and the cut (if you want to call it that) got re-opend when Gaetz landed a solid punch.Reply
SlapShot
Jun 16, 2006 14:04 ET
I remember Probert's comments after this fight. In his previous battles where he either clearly lost (Crowder) or narrowly lost (Domi), he promised a rematch with Crowder, and made it clear he would return for a rematch with Domi. When asked about Gaetz, all he said was that his name says it all, he's the missing link.Reply
lilburtis9363
Jan 7, 2007 14:32 ET
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pug
Apr 11, 2009 10:58 ET
great fight* solid draw*Reply
mievl
Mar 11, 2010 10:47 ET
its funny how many people i have talked to about this fight didnt notice in the beginning when you see gaetz throwing rapidfire punches that probert was throwing just as many back at him, but was hard to see due to the camera angle. alot of people gave link the win back in the day because they thought he was the only one punching at that point.Reply
chrisY2J
Mar 11, 2010 15:26 ET
Yes, Probert was throwing just as many at that point, but look at the difference in power and accuracy. Gaetz was definitely outslugging Probert, connecting harder and more directly in the face, while Probert was landing some glancing blows.

Probert came back and evened things up, though.
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mievl
Mar 11, 2010 15:32 ET
im not trying to be disrespectful so i apologize ahead of time if it looks that way but how can you tell how hard gaetz was hitting probert? i can understand the "more directly" comment but it looked like probie was firing them off just as fast and hard. also remember probert allready had a cut before the fight so the damage to probie seen afterwards wasnt from link. watch the beginning part of that fight again and only pay attention to probert. you will see him throwing as they hit the boards and then he switches hands and keeps throwing rapidfire just like link except his punches are harder to see because of the angle.Reply
mievl
Mar 11, 2010 15:40 ET
chrisY2J
Probert, for some reason, is going with his left, which was not his power hand. They go toe-2-toe, and the Missing Link is simply creaming Probert.


i know this is an old review but damn what fight were you watching? creaming probert? oooookay. that will be your little secret. probert threw a few with his left then went with his right and they were going toe to toe. you obviously were only focusing on gaetz the whole fight otherwise you would of seen this.
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mievl
Mar 11, 2010 15:43 ET
wow, i read this review without even noticing it was you that posted this. im sorry bro but " he was creaming him"? come on now. i was a huge fan of link as well but there isnt one person who would agree with that assessment.Reply
chrisY2J
Mar 12, 2010 05:11 ET
Perhaps "creaming" isn't the best word to describe it, but Gaetz DEFINITELY was landing many solid punches on Probert, right after right, as Probie was mostly missing with his lefts (as we both said, NOT his power hand). Probert had a chin like few others, so he was able to take the punishment with no problem, which enabled him to come back when Link tired out.
How about "hammering on" instead of "creaming"? ;)
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mievl
Mar 12, 2010 09:59 ET
lol, sure what the hell.Reply
chrisY2J
Oct 15, 2010 20:14 ET
Windsker needs help.Reply
no.7
Oct 16, 2010 06:08 ET
Quote from message by chrisY2J
Windsker needs help.
Who is Windsker?
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chrisY2J
Oct 16, 2010 07:54 ET
Oh, his review is gone already. Someone must have zapped it.
I don't know who he is. But his single review was of this fight, and he called it a "clear win" for Probert.
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BradBrad49
Nov 17, 2011 17:54 ET
Big Bobby keeps loosing his JerseyReply
chrisY2J
May 11, 2012 07:50 ET
If this fight can be considered "overrated", it isn't overrated by all that much. This was a really good fight.

I gave it a 10, but perhaps a 9 is more accurate. I gave it the extra point because of the two legendary names and the historical significance of the fight. This was the only time that these two legends went at it.
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TheDanLine
May 11, 2012 09:32 ET
I'd give it a "9".Reply
BattleshipRules
Aug 6, 2015 12:28 ET
Chris, I made an adjustment to the review based on the info you provided. You stated that Gaetz had a serious head injury in the aftermath of the season. I was incorrect on the factual detail and made the appropriate change.

I apologize as I accidentally deleted the post. I wanted to reply, but I hit the wrong link. It was not intentional. I goofed up there. To reiterate, you are correct and to acknowledge that fact, I made the appropriate change to my review.
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chrisY2J
Aug 6, 2015 12:46 ET
All good, Battleship!Reply
SarcasticPillow
Aug 6, 2015 16:58 ET
I rarely interject on stuff like this and I never saw Gaetz play but the general idea I've gotten was that he was definitely not a one-dimensional enforcer who'd have no impact on the game apart from fighting. I was also reminded of this little part of a much larger article on Gaetz.

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He didn't have to be a goon. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, a seven-time All-Star defenseman, played with Gaetz in San Jose during the 1991-92 season. "Link was big and strong and he could really move," says Wilson. "He probably had the hardest shot in the league. Comparing him to Derian Hatcher is quite fair."
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chrisY2J
Aug 11, 2015 11:09 ET
I have heard that, too, that Gaetz had some skill to go along with his toughness. His skill was overshadowed by his incredible ability to fight and his wild behavior on and off the ice.Reply
itsJ.Millertime
Sep 12, 2016 23:51 ET
One of the all time great fights, probably the 20th time I've watched this.Reply
TheDanLine
Jan 18, 2017 13:51 ET
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Durbano
Jan 18, 2017 20:09 ET (later updated)
Hard to believe that this fight was nearly THIRTY years ago -- over a quarter-century ago. Really? I was there -- about 5 rows up from the lady in the video at 30 seconds that was aghast at the brutality of it all. They had spent time talking during warm-ups & you knew they were going to fight. I was living in San Jose @ the time & this was the Sharks first year in the NHL & Gaetz -- decking Antoski during pre-season @ Cow Palace -- immediately became a fan favorite. I was concerned that Gaetz might have a tough time with Probert -- not in an Archie Henderson kind of way -- but Probert was such a good fighter especially late in the fight. And Probert -- in his Probert fashion -- was a bit reserved in the first few seconds of the fight & Gaetz came prepared & really tagged him which really set the stage for an epic battle. While I was really upset that the linesman jumped in early (at least in those days, it was early), I think it worked to Gaetz advantage as Probert seemed to be just lining him up for the next 30-45 seconds which could have been devastating for the Missing Link. This video is from the San Jose feed and while it didn't make this cut, the color commentator -- I think it was Dennis Hull (bro of Bobby Hull) had a great line as Probert was going off the ice -- something like "there he is, the heavyweight champ, right here, right now". Hockey the way it used to be.Reply


 Fight at 25:44
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration 0:15ThrownLanded   Big   
 Dennis Vial 6'1'' 1220lb 20731Fair Amount
 Jeff Odgers 6'0'' 1200lb 20730
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 SarcasticPillow
20206 fight reviews
145 fight logs

Sep 13, 2012 18:35 ET
Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
6
Jeff Odgers and Dennis Vial get tangled up with each other and decide to drop the gloves. They both grab on with the left and start firing right hands toe-to-toe. Vial gets the better of it, throwing seven rights and landing three, one of them catching Odgers right on the button and cutting him badly while Odgers throws seven rights as well and lands three. Odgers lowers his head and tries to stay in close on Vial who pries the helmet off of Odgers. Vial's jersey then comes over his head and partially off but he's wrestled off balance by Odgers and they tumble to the ice. The linesmen break them up and send them off. Vial goes to the box and puts some ice to his forehead while Odgers heads to the box too but then goes to dressing room for repairs. Win Vial in a brief but pretty good fight.
 zolika
1952 fight reviews
74 fight logs

Nov 2, 2012 07:44 ET
Dennis Vial narrow win Fun 
6
Not sure what started this scrap but when the camera gets there, they are already throwing punches at each other.

This is a short T2T fight where whoever does the damage wins the fight. They both went with the rights and looked to land the majority of their punches. Odgers seems to land better early as his short punches hit the face of Vial a couple of times. Vial throws with more power and after some helmetshots, he finally nails Odgers with a shot just below the helmet. That probably cut Odgers and then later he also nails him on the nose. Shortly after that they both tumble to the ice.

They probably landed the same amount of punches, but Vial cut Odgers and later nailed him again, rocking him a bit. Odgers hit Vial too but Dennis had an iron chin and it didn't slow him down, although he put the ice bag on his head in the box. Probably there were some more punches thrown off camera, but the footage I have is enough to make a decision.

Vial picks up a win over the tough rookie, who suffered his 2nd loss of the season.
 BattleshipRules
12910 fight reviews

Jan 11, 2014 11:53 ET
Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
7
This was a good fight. It can be seen most clearly on the replay at the end. The men traded right hands. Vial landed three solid shots and a good one. Odgers landed an average shot and a solid connect. He landed an average blow and missed a punch. Dennis missed a punch and landed a good shot. Jeff landed a solid connect and an average blow. The refs stopped the fight.

I rate this as a clear win for Vial. Odgers landed some effective punches, but Vial landed a couple of damaging blows. Dennis cut up Jeff in this one. His blows were flush and opened Odgers up.
mullet
19696 fight reviews

Nov 25, 2004 06:33 ET
Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
7
Short, but pretty good toe to toe bout. Odgers was bloodied pretty good.
Anthony19
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Dec 3, 2005 23:58 ET
Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
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Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
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Feb 3, 2012 08:28 ET
Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
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Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
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Dennis Vial narrow win Fun 
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Dennis Vial narrow win Fun 
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itsJ.Millertime
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Oct 28, 2016 00:20 ET
Dennis Vial narrow win Fun 
7
Short but good fight with both guys trading toe to toe, both land a few but it's Odgers who lands a bit better to earn the win.
TheDanLine
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Dec 11, 2016 01:39 ET
Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
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Aug 16, 2017 07:46 ET
Dennis Vial clear win Fun 
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