Dec 17, 1979
Toronto - Minnesota1-5

Summary Of Events
1  10:05  Fight  Boschman-Eaves
2  19:55  Fight  Sittler-Shmyr
3  19:55  Bench-Clearing Brawl   40 players 
4  19:55  Fight  Williams-Maxwell
5  19:55  Fight  Boschman-Younghans
6  19:55  Crowd Trouble   2 players 
7  22:19  Fight  Maloney-Smith

Fight at 10:05
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Laurie Boschman 6'0'' 2185lb 5N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Mike Eaves 5'10'' 2180lb 5N/AN/AN/A
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Fight at 19:55
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration 0:34ThrownLanded   Big   
 Darryl Sittler 6'0'' 1190lb 15740N/A
 Paul Shmyr 5'11'' 1175lb 151062
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 BattleshipRules
13337 fight reviews

Aug 7, 2012 12:03 ET
Paul Shmyr narrow win Fun 
6
Paul Shmyr was a tough guy who was a pretty good fighter despite his small stature. He played in the NHL and in the WHA for over a decade. Darryl Sittler was more known for scoring goals than throwing punches. However, he was a pretty good fighter in his own right, especially for a player of his caliber.

The two men were pushing and shoving in front of the net. I did not see any stick work at the start of the clip. Apparently, this happened just before the clip that is posted on DYG. One contributor to DYG posted a news article by James Christie from "The Globe and the Mail." Christie claimed that Shmyr cracked Darryl's helmet with his stick before the fight broke out.

The two wrestled and jockeyed for position for a bit. Then, they moved against the boards and began to swap punches. Shmyr landed a good uppercut with his first punch. Sittler responded by landing a solid right cross. Darryl tried to follow up with more rights, but he was unable to break free from the grip that Paul had on his right arm.

Shmyr landed a decent right hand. He missed with a right cross. Then, he bent Darryl over and landed another good uppercut. Paul landed a decent follow up blow. Sittler responded with a pretty good counter punch with his right hand. Shmyr landed a partial connect. Then, he landed a hard uppercut.

Shmyr landed one more partial connect. Sittler responded by landing two decent right hands. The two began to wrestle at this point and the officials were able to pry them apart after some difficulty.

I rate this as a narrow win by Shmyr. He landed three good uppercuts in the bout. Sittler landed four pretty good right hands, but his punches were not as damaging as Paul's uppercuts. Shmyr landed a few more punches and was able to tie up Darryl's right hand for a spell. This proved to be the margin of victory.

The fight was the first event that eventually led to a bench-clearing brawl. The Shmyr-Sittler fight has better video quality in the posting under the bench-clearing brawl listing on DYG. The posting under the fight itself is a little fuzzy and it is more difficult to determine what punches actually landed. It was easier to conclude that Shmyr was landing some good uppercuts in close quarters from repeated viewings of the fight on the brawl video.
 EddieShore
911 fight reviews

Dec 10, 2006 18:17 ET
Draw Fun 
5
The fight starts in the Minnesota goal crease. Both combatants gets a good grip of the jerseys. They both try to throw punches at each other. Sittler goes for a left, they dance around for a short while and then Shmyr throws a straight right at Sittler. Shmyr tries throwing punches but is blocked by Sittler who bullies his way forward with his head down and pins Shmyr against the boards. Sittler throws a right that Shmyr sees all the way. They wrestle a bit more until the refs breaks it up. No one really gets any good shots in. An even fight.
Billiam
550 fight reviews

Apr 28, 2005 06:03 ET
Paul Shmyr narrow win Fun 
6
michiann
3642 fight reviews

Oct 4, 2011 23:50 ET
Darryl Sittler narrow win Fun 
N/A
I have this fight on tape ... the stupid announcers are verbally hyping up the fight such as "they're going toe-to-toe" while they were only in-tight, throwing impeded, short-traveled punches. Both guys matched each other thoriughout the fight but towards the end, sittler then stands up shymr and lands the last 2 punches of the fight, so that's why i think he should get the narrow win. Replay shows how it starts with shymr pushing at sittler in the corner, then sittler skates near the net and then shymr hits sittler with his stick.
itsJ.Millertime
12702 fight reviews

Feb 12, 2016 11:46 ET
Paul Shmyr narrow win Fun 
6
Shmyr lands more blows and gets the win in a decent scrap.
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Billiam
Apr 28, 2005 06:08 ET
Williams states in an interview between periods that Shymr had broken Sittler's helmet with a two handed swing with his stick and that was the cause for the tension...Reply


Bench-Clearing Brawl at 19:55
Toronto PlayersMinnesota Players
Duration N/A  John Anderson  Laurie Boschman  Dave Burrows  Dan Maloney  Dave "Tiger" Williams     Brad Maxwell  Paul Shmyr  Tom Younghans  Ron Zanussi   
# Players Involved: 40
Blood: N/A
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 BattleshipRules
13337 fight reviews

Aug 11, 2012 07:26 ET
Sittler got into an altercation in front of the North Stars net with veteran battler Paul Shmyr. Paul was able to land some good uppercuts in the bout. Sittler countered with some pretty good right hands. Shmyr was able to tie up Darryl's right hand for a spell. Paul landed more punches and with a little more pop. He took the decision in the bout.

Tiger Williams tried to start with Brad Maxwell after the Sittler-Shmyr bout concluded. The officials separated the two men for a time. The zebras were really trying to get Tiger off the ice. They knew that he was the one most likely to cause trouble in an instance like this. Williams appeared like he was going to be compliant, but he broke away from the officials when they let their guard down a little.

An official had Maxwell contained along the bench area. There was some commotion going on. It was unclear if there was some jawing back and forth. Whatever happened, it was enough to draw the ire of the Maple Leafs coach. I believe that Floyd Smith was coaching the team on this night. He coached the vast majority of games that season. Smith signaled for his players to come off the bench. Both benches quickly emptied and a full-scale brawl was on.

Williams and Maxwell were finally able to go at it. Brad landed a good left hand at the beginning of the bout. Tiger took over and built up a good lead in the fight. He was able to tie up Maxwell's left hand and he landed several unanswered right hands. Tiger landed a couple of good shots, but most of his punches only had decent pop.

Maxwell was able to get his left hand loose. He landed ten left hands in a row. He alternated between throwing uppercuts and left hooks. Brad landed two good uppercuts and several pretty good lefts. He landed with better power than Williams and opened a cut around Dave's eye. Maxwell earned the narrow edge in the bout because he landed with more power.

Laurie Boschman tried to get involved in the Maxwell-Williams scrap at the end. He was scolded by an official for interfering. Younghans grabbed a hold of Laurie and this set Boschman off. Laurie appeared to land a light partial connect with a left hand. Younghans got a firm hold on him and the two had a vigorous spell of wrestling. Dan Maloney got Tom McCarthy down on the ice in a wrestling hold. There did not appear to be any punches that landed in this altercation.

The camera went back to the Younghans-Boschman scrap. The two continued to wrestle. Dan Gable would have been proud of the intense wrestling that was going on here. Tom landed a light rap on top of Boschman's head. The refs restored order on the ice and things were winding down.

Williams and John Anderson turned towards the crowd and were pointing and gesturing as Minnesota fans pelted them with debris. The security detail was quick to ensure that things didn't get out of hand. A fan was escorted out of the arena. The brawl was over and order was restored.

This was a good bench-clearing brawl. The Williams-Maxwell fight was an outstanding action fight. The Sittler-Shymr fight ended before the benches emptied, so it wasn't part of the bench-clearer itself. The Boschman-Younghans bout was a disappointment. It was still an exciting scene on the ice in Minnesota.
 Fun 
9
itsJ.Millertime
12702 fight reviews

Feb 12, 2016 11:47 ET
Very good brawl with one really good fight between Williams and Maxwell and a couple other bouts. Fun 
9
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JimMcKenzie
Jul 24, 2015 17:24 ET
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Durbano
Dec 8, 2017 03:49 ET
Smith fined for brawl

Wednesday, January 09, 1980

Toronto ON -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Floyd Smith was fined $1,000 yesterday for ordering the entire Leafs team off the bench during a brawl in a game against Minnesota North Stars at Bloomington, Minn., Dec. 17.

In assessing the penalty, National Hockey League executive vice-president Brian O'Neill said videotape replays completely contradict Smith's statement that he did not order his team off the bench.

Smith's testimony was considered, O'Neill said. However, the review of the videotape did not verify his statements. For players to leave the bench to join into an altercation on the ice is a very serious matter. And for a coach to encourage such conduct is intolerable.
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Fight at 19:55
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration 0:50ThrownLanded   Big   
 Dave "Tiger" Williams 5'11'' 3190lb 523150A Bit
 Brad Maxwell 6'2'' 3195lb 517132
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 BattleshipRules
13337 fight reviews

Aug 10, 2012 16:26 ET
Brad Maxwell narrow win Fun 
8
Tiger Wiliams challenged Brad Maxwell right after the conclusion of the Shmyr-Sittler bout. The referees kept the two men apart for awhile. Officials were trying to escort Williams off the ice. The coach of the Maple Leafs signaled to his players that it was time to go over the boards onto the ice. A full-scale bench-clearer broke out. Williams and Maxwell were finally able to get at each other amidst the chaos.

Maxwell landed a good left hand as the players emerged from a scrum along the boards. Williams was able to get Maxwell bent over. He landed two decent uppercuts on Brad. Tiger was able to wrap up Maxwell's big left hand for a spell. Williams built up a lead at this point by landing several punches.

Tiger landed a couple of partial connects. He managed to get the helmet off of Maxwell. Then, he landed a good right. He followed up with a solid connect. Maxwell landed a partial connect with a right hand. Williams landed another decent right hand. Brad countered with a decent right hand.

Tiger continued to take it to Maxwell. He landed three right hands with pretty good impact. Williams landed a solid uppercut and a decent right hook. Then, Dave landed a couple of partial connects without much pop. At this point in the fight, Williams had built up a big lead and was winning the fight clearly.

Suddenly, Maxwell came back with a furious rally. He landed ten consecutive left hands on Williams. The blows had pretty good pop. Brad alternated between throwing left hooks and uppercuts. A couple of the uppercuts landed with good impact. The lead that Tiger had built up quickly evaporated. Williams threw one more right hand, but missed the target. Both guys were completely exhausted and arm weary at this point and the zebras stepped in to stop the bout.

I rate this as a narrow win for Maxwell. Williams landed a lot of punches in the fight and built up a big lead over the first half of the fight. Dave landed a couple of good blows, but most of his punches had only decent pop. Brad landed the harder punches in the fight and his blows did more damage. The furious rally at the end made it so he landed about an equal number of blows in the fight.

This bout highlighted a few reasons why Williams was never an elite heavyweight in the NHL. He lacked the power to really put some serious hurt on the better fighters in the league. Dave had quick hands, good stamina, and could really take a good shot. He was a tireless volume puncher, but in the end he had trouble stopping an opponent in his tracks because he only possessed average punching power.

Williams also was a poor defensive fighter. He did not know how to preserve a big lead. He should have clinched and wrestled at any point during Maxwell's furious rally. Dave was arm weary and no one would have blamed him for taking a conservative approach at the end of the bout. Tiger foolishly continued to trade with Maxwell and this ensured that Brad would tattoo his face with punches in the late stages of the bout.

Williams was as brave as anyone in professional hockey. His strengths and weaknesses were what made it so that his bouts were usually of the exciting variety. Tiger was not much of a strategist. He was similar in some ways to "Hound Dog" Kelly of the Flyers. Both men threw rapid-fire punches until they got arm-weary or someone dropped. Both guys could overwhelm second-rate fighters, but usually came up a bit short against upper echelon NHL enforcers. These were two of the most courageous guys in NHL history. A failure to clinch and hold was not an asset for either one of them. They might consider it to be unmanly, but in the end guys like Garry Howatt and Mel Bridgman won most of their bouts because they would tie a guy up once he started to make a comeback. The Tiger and the Hound would rather go out on their shields instead of making some concessions in a fight. These were two uncompromising battlers who were always in exciting action bouts.
 JButler17
115 fight reviews

Dec 4, 2005 12:56 ET
Brad Maxwell narrow win Fun 
7
I'll give the slight edge here to Maxwell. If I remember correctly this took place during a bench clearing brawl. Williams did good at the start but as the fight went on, Maxwell was just firing the lefts connecting more times then not. I think he outpunched Williams here.
 bradu
891 fight reviews

Mar 6, 2006 16:36 ET
Brad Maxwell narrow win Fun 
7
All Tiger early, but Maxwell really takes over and lands some beautiful uppercuts for the win. Someone was bleeding, I think it was Tiger but it was on both jerseys.
 EddieShore
911 fight reviews

Dec 12, 2006 11:23 ET
Draw Fun 
7
Like others said before. Tiger was in charge at the beginning, nailing Maxwell with some good rights. But as soon as Maxwell got his left hand free, he went on to have a good spell, connecting with nice lefts to the head, including uppercuts. Even fight.
 RedWingsWereTough
243 fight reviews

Jul 2, 2007 23:49 ET
Brad Maxwell narrow win Fun 
7
Williams had his right free and was peppering Maxwell with little shots, but Maxwell got his left going and just nailed Williams with four clean, hard lefts, easily the best punches of the fight, bloodying Tiger in the process. Real good fight, but those four shots won it for Maxwell, IMO
Billiam
550 fight reviews

Apr 28, 2005 06:04 ET
Draw Fun 
7
During the brawl.. Williams did well in the beginning and then Maxwell came back with some good punches...
fanwiththeshoe
288 fight reviews

Jun 26, 2005 07:39 ET
Dave "Tiger" Williams narrow win Fun 
8
Good scrap. Lot of punches. Tiger threws with right and Maxwell with his left. Bench clearing brawl.
DaveRichterfan
33 fight reviews

Feb 21, 2007 15:22 ET
Brad Maxwell narrow win Fun 
7
During bench clearing brawl, Tiger and Maxwell hook up. All Tiger early with a flurry of right hands and then Maxwell takes over with the left handed uppercuts bloddying Williams.
mullet
20065 fight reviews

Jan 23, 2009 11:42 ET
Draw Fun 
8
michiann
3642 fight reviews

Oct 4, 2011 23:54 ET
Brad Maxwell narrow win Fun 
N/A
I have the fight on tape and it's a simple call: williams wins the first half while maxwell wins the 2nd half, which makes maxwell the winner of this fight. This fight was better than the sittler & shymr fight because maxey & tiger were landing better facial punches, although none were big punches or roundhouses.
itsJ.Millertime
12702 fight reviews

Feb 12, 2016 11:48 ET
Brad Maxwell narrow win Fun 
9
Excellent fight with both guys landing tons of punches in a long and exciting fight. Maxwell looks to land slightly more and earns the narrow win.
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JimMcKenzie
Jul 24, 2015 17:26 ET
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Fight at 19:55
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Laurie Boschman 6'0'' 1185lb 10N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Tom Younghans 5'11'' 1175lb 10N/AN/AN/A
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 RedWingsWereTough
243 fight reviews

Dec 4, 2007 00:50 ET
Draw Fun 
2
This is nothing but a wrestling match, primarily along the boards. It happens just as the Maxwell/Williams confrontation is coming to an end. Younghans seems stronger and he forces Boschman to the boards near the bench area. Boschman gets a headlock on him while Younghans seems to be trying to bull him over the boards and into the bench (which, of course, is empty).

No punches thrown from what I could make out.
michiann
3642 fight reviews

Oct 4, 2011 23:57 ET
Draw Fun 
N/A
Long-time wrestling affair ... although i did see younghans land 1 close-in punch off the melon of boschman near the boards. Call it a draw.
itsJ.Millertime
12702 fight reviews

Feb 12, 2016 11:48 ET
Draw Fun 
2
Looked to be mostly wrestling.


Crowd Trouble at 19:55
Toronto PlayersMinnesota Players
Duration N/A  John Anderson  Dave "Tiger" Williams      
# Players Involved: 2
Blood: N/A
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Fight at 22:19
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Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Dan Maloney 6'1'' 1195lb  N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Greg Smith 6'0'' 1195lb  N/AN/AN/A
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Jun 18, 2011 10:25 ET
this fight is missing!!!!!!!Reply

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