Jan 10, 1987
Quebec - Montreal2-5

Summary Of Events
1  32:25  Rough  Moller-Lemieux
2  32:27  Fight  Zemlak-Kordic
3  36:17  Rough  Hough-Lemieux
4  43:23  Fight  Price-Corson
5  45:22  Rough  Moller-Richer

Rough at 32:25
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 Randy Moller 6'2'' 1205lb 10N/A
 Claude Lemieux 6'1'' 1215lb 10


Fight at 32:27
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Duration 0:21ThrownLanded   Big   
 Richard Zemlak 6'2'' 1190lb 301230None
 John Kordic 6'1'' 1220lb 3033172
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 BattleshipRules
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May 24, 2013 17:32 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
8
Kordic was a master of circling in a fight. He circled continually to the left to minimize the chances that Zemlak would consistently find the target with his right hands. Richard landed a couple of effective blows in the opening seconds of the contest. He missed a punch, landed a decent blow, and landed a solid right hand.

Kordic went with piston-like left hooks. He missed a couple of shots and landed a decent connect. He landed a couple of solid blows. Zemlak landed a left hand with average pop. John landed a decent blow and missed a punch. Then, he landed three consecutive solid lefts.

Zemlak was having trouble getting into a groove in the spin-o-rama battle. He was a solid fighter but was more confortable in a traditional type of bout. He sagged to the ice for a second. He got up and did manage to tag John with a solid right. Kordic briefly slipped to his knees.

John popped back up and resumed the attack. He landed a couple of solid blows and missed a punch. Zemlak missed with a left hand. This was the last punch of the fight for him. His punch output slowed to a crawl as Kordic began to connect with more authority down the stretch.

John landed a couple of solid blows and a couple of pretty good shots. He landed a pretty good uppercut. He landed a solid blow and missed a punch. He landed one more uppercut with pretty good pop. Kordic lunged forward and fell on top of Zemlak. Richard's balance was poor because of all the spinning and taking several effective lefts down the stretch.

I rate this as a decisive win for Kordic. Zemlak did land a few effective punches, but they were mostly in the early going. John landed several effective blows down the stretch. He dished out numerous unanswered punches at the end of the bout. He pounded Zemlak in the closing seconds and Richard was in a bad state at the end.

Zemlak was a guy who loved hand-to-hand combat on the ice. He was in numerous scraps in the minor leagues and at the NHL level. Richard was a cruiserweight fighter who usually came up a bit short against top heavyweights. He did pack a pretty good wallop for a guy in his weight class and he could pull off the occasional upset.

Zemlak fought well against Glen Cochrane. He could handle the Steve Rooney's, Scott Mellanby's, and Steve Dykstra's of the league, but he struggled against top guys like Kordic, Jay Miller, Craig Berube, and Shawn Cronin. Zemlak was a seasoned fighter and solid from a technical standpoint. He could give good fighters fits at times and he took on all the tough heavyweights around.
 SarcasticPillow
20348 fight reviews
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May 28, 2015 10:58 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
8
The Quebec Nordiques have called up Richard Zemlak from the AHL for this game against the rival Montreal Canadiens. Rookie Canadiens' enforcer, John Kordic had gone after Nordiques' agitator, Paul Gillis in the previous game between the two clubs so at a faceoff, Zemlak lines up with Kordic and when the puck drops, they drop the gloves. Zemlak moves right in on Kordic and they grab on, Zemlak with the left and Kordic with the right. Both get their hands going, Zemlak a little bit faster than Kordic but as Zemlak throws nine rights and lands three, Kordic throws six lefts and lands three, knocking Zemlak's helmet off and getting Zemlak to put his head down. Kordic pauses but is quickly throwing again, landing seven of nine lefts while Zemlak switches hands, misses a left, tries to stay in tight but can't as Kordic stands back, and then misses a left and goes down. Zemlak is up fast while switching hands and misses a right as Kordic goes down. Kordic bounces back up and gets his left going once more, throwing eighteen lefts and landing six while Zemlak misses only one left while keeping his head down, again fails to get in tight and then just gets turned around and put off balance as they spin. Zemlak just goes back to the ice beneath Kordic and misses a left up at him as the linesmen rush in to stop the fight and break apart the two combatants. All Kordic here as he just pounded Zemlak from start to finish. Zemlak hung in there but as the fight went on it just got more one-sided. Decisive win for Kordic since he pummeled away on Zemlak until he went down.
DieHardHabsFan
1 fight review

May 22, 2005 05:11 ET
John Kordic clear win Fun 
8
oldtimegoodtime
9849 fight reviews

Mar 11, 2006 04:46 ET
John Kordic clear win Fun 
8
Big win for Kordic, but it wasn't a tko.
Habsfan23
15 fight reviews

Mar 18, 2006 14:00 ET
John Kordic clear win Fun 
10
Just like Dick Irvin said "No Contest"
re
9284 fight reviews

Apr 7, 2006 15:38 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
8
drwdan19
1250 fight reviews

Jun 3, 2006 15:32 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
8
Matteo
73 fight reviews

Jun 4, 2006 13:02 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
9
John Kordic totally destoyed Zemlak. It's seems that Zemlak lost more often that he won, but I give credit to him to fight a big name like Kordic.
JAVALITE
4 fight reviews

Jul 13, 2006 11:36 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
7
All Kordic,All the Time
Bonneau
151 fight reviews

Dec 7, 2006 16:05 ET
John Kordic clear win Fun 
8
Kordic just started beating on Zemlak who donent got going


here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DYMrEP1ye0
itsJ.Millertime
11661 fight reviews

Oct 12, 2008 22:58 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
7
I will give Zemlak credit for avoiding most of the punches but it was a total ass kicking for Kordic in this one.
FrAn6
3585 fight reviews

Jul 4, 2014 01:03 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
8
supersonic
5822 fight reviews

Aug 17, 2016 07:29 ET
John Kordic decisive win Fun 
7
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corson27
Dec 13, 2006 22:05 ET
This was THE FIGHT that got me into the hobby and made me such a huge fan of John Kordic. It is still one of my favourite fights and I never get sick of watching it.

As most of you probably know, Zemlak was called up from Quebec's farm team in Fredricton to the Nordiques specifically to fight Kordic in this game after Kordic had attacked superpest Paul Gillis the game before. The Nords hadn't traded for Basil McRae at this point and I believe Gord Donnelly was injured (he would have been a much tougher opponent for Kordic), so the toughest guy in the organization was Richard Zemlak and he had the uneviable duty of having to take on Kordic right in the fabled Montreal Forum.

And remember, this game was on a Saturday night and televised nationally on CBC across Canada, so there were a lot of people tuned in to see Zemlak take one of the worst beatings imaginable. I don't think he was really hurt by any of the 30+ punches Kordic threw, but he didn't put up the fight that Quebec coach Michel Bergeron had hoped for. I actually felt kind of bad for Zemlak as he sat in the penalty box huffing and puffing, probably wondering if he was ever going to see another shift in the NHL after that performance. But I give Zemlak huge credit because exactly a week later in Detroit, he took on Bob Probert in a fight that I'm certain is not on tape. I can't imagine Zemlak would stand a chance against Probert, but who knows, anything is possible in a hockey fight. But taking on the NHL's toughest guy (in Joe Louis Arena, no less) a week after taking a humiliating beating from Kordic just goes to show you that Zemlak didn't fear anyone. And Zemlak, even after a very rough start with the Kordic fight, managed to play a good number of games in the NHL, so I will give credit where credit is due. And he was always game, although he did prove to be a lousy fighter for the most part. However, he never picked his spots, that's for sure.

The Zemlak-Kordic fight showed everyone how intense the Nordiques-Habs rivalry was and what it sad day it meant to the province of Quebec when the Nords went to Colorado. But in the infinite wisdom of the NHL braintrust, they'd rather have teams in places like Phoenix and Florida, where the people don't care about hockey, rather than bring the NHL back to places like Winnipeg and Quebec where hockey is the lifeblood of the community.
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no.7
Dec 14, 2006 10:08 ET
Quote from message by corson27
in the infinite wisdom of the NHL braintrust, they'd rather have teams in places like Phoenix and Florida, where the people don't care about hockey, rather than bring the NHL back to places like Winnipeg and Quebec where hockey is the lifeblood of the community.
Great post, but I don't think it was NHL's fault that the Nords had to move. The problem was that Quebec City as a hockey market couldn't compete with other NHL hockey markets. Therefore, to keep a team there, it would have to be subsidised.
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GONZ1
Mar 25, 2013 20:11 ET
Excellent tribute. Made me wonder how many fights John and Dan had in their NHL careers. John had 97 Reg and post season fights between 1985-86 to 1991-92. Dan had 55 Reg season fights between 1991 to 98. I have no preseason info. I remember back to the 1991-91 season when John and Dan almost went at it at the Spectrum.
Dave Brown stepped in and beat John to a pulp. My opinion the fighters in the 90s and 80s were a step above the fighters now a days. Peace.
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remo1975
Jun 12 14:28 ET
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Rough at 36:17
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 Mike Hough 6'1''  197lb 18N/A
 Claude Lemieux 6'1''  215lb 18


Fight at 43:23
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Duration 0:30ThrownLanded   Big   
 Pat Price 6'2'' 1195lb 71090None
 Shayne Corson 6'1'' 1202lb 732210
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 SarcasticPillow
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May 28, 2015 11:08 ET
Shayne Corson clear win Fun 
6
Shayne Corson throws a shoulder into Pat Price after he makes a play on the puck. Price doesn't like it, drops the gloves with Corson, and gets in close. Corson throws six lefts and lands three as Price connects with two rights. Corson misses a right but then lands a left and lands a right afterwards as Price ducks his head. Corson gets his right arm out of his jersey and loses the elbow pad in doing so. Corson throws eleven rights in a row and connects on nine before Price misses a right that causes his helmet to fall off. Price then lands two rights and connects with a right while Corson lands a right. Corson then misses a right and lands three right while Price lands three right. Price lands a right and Corson throws two lefts and lands one before throwing five rights and landing one as Price ducks his head again and grabs at Corson's legs. Corson connects on two lefts as the linesmen get in and break it up. Pretty good fight with lots of punches thrown, mostly by Corson. Clear win for Corson.
oldtimegoodtime
9849 fight reviews

Nov 14, 2006 10:56 ET
Shayne Corson clear win Fun 
5
Corson easily wins here against Price. He controls the fight completely and Price tried to tackle Corson in the end but was unable to, instead the linesmen stepped in.
mullet
19704 fight reviews

Oct 21, 2008 10:54 ET
Shayne Corson clear win Fun 
5
Corson is clearly the more active fighter, Price just holds on for dear life, then finally throws some pillow punches. Corson lands lot more and better and picks up a clear win.
itsJ.Millertime
11661 fight reviews

May 7, 2016 15:38 ET
Shayne Corson clear win Fun 
5
Corson clearly throws and lands more blows to get the win.
supersonic
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Jun 13 07:55 ET
Shayne Corson clear win Fun 
5
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itsJ.Millertime
May 7, 2016 15:38 ET

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Rough at 45:22
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 Randy Moller 6'2''  205lb 10N/A
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