Jan 4, 1975
Boston - Minnesota8-0

Summary Of Events
1  0:00  Fight  Forbes-Bialowas
2  8:22  Fight  Forbes-Boucha
3  13:28  Cheap Shot  Orr-Hextall
4  15:54  Cheap Shot  Forbes-Boucha
5  15:54  Scrum    
6  34:31  Fight  Orr-Hextall

Fight at 0:00
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Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Dave Forbes 5'10'' 4178lb 12N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Dwight Bialowas 6'2'' 4190lb 12N/AN/AN/A
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Anonymous
Feb 9, 2004 18:02 ET
This was actually the fight with Henry Boucha that got Forbes suspended for 10 games and also brought him to court because Forbes hit Boucha with his stick.Reply
fanwiththeshoe
Nov 22, 2005 08:47 ET
Yes, in this Jan. 4 game was a stick-fight between Forbes and Boucha.Reply
vsurov2
Sep 29, 2010 00:21 ET
O'Reilly - game misconductReply
toddpratt
Jun 11, 2011 15:48 ET
don't have the actual stick incident on dvd but i have the aftermath with Boucha rolling on the ice around a mess of blood. Forbes is a vagina and i hope to meet him someday alone.Reply
toddpratt
Jun 11, 2011 16:07 ET
maniago tackles forbes afterwards andfred ahrens has to be restrained from jumping on forbes as wellReply


Fight at 8:22
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Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Dave Forbes 5'10'' 3178lb 7N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Henry Boucha 6'1'' 3185lb 7N/AN/AN/A
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toddpratt
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Jun 11, 2011 15:24 ET
Henry Boucha win by TKO Fun 
5
Forbes runs Boucha against the boards in the corner. Boucha immediately drops the gloves and starts throwing rights, the second one drops Forbes. This brings the Bruins in to rescue Dave and the Stars pile in as well.
michiann
3741 fight reviews

Jul 30, 2013 22:30 ET
Outcome: N/A Fun 
N/A
Tko , yes but Forbes was taken completely by surprised, so I don't know if this qualifies as a true tko. I'll change my vote here if anybody can justify if this is an unfair fight or a true tko.
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bradu
Nov 22, 2006 11:51 ET
Later, in testimony before a Hennepin County jury, Forbes said he took the action because he was angry, frustrated and embarrassed after having been knocked to the ice minutes earlier in a fight with Boucha.

"He sucker-punched me," said Forbes
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vsurov2
Oct 5, 2011 09:10 ET
Terry O'Reilly - game misconduct.Reply
BattleshipRules
Feb 11, 2012 13:48 ET
I wonder if there is footage on the famous Forbes-Boucha incident. My father remembers watching this game on live TV. He said that Forbes never dropped his stick and cross-checked the butt end right into Henry's eye. My dad said this was a horrifc scene and blood splurted about six feet away from the impact of the blow. I'm not sure if there is footage of this event. I would sure love it if someone would post it on DYG.Reply


Cheap Shot at 13:28
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Duration 0:30
 Bobby Orr  (Aggressor) 6'0'' 1199lb 24N/A
 Dennis Hextall  (Victim) 5'11'' 1175lb 24
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Oct 14, 2012 21:42 ET
Dennis Hextall was one of the feistiest players in the NHL in the early 1970's. He played a rough and aggressive style of game. He got into a lot of fights in his early years. Bobby Orr picked his spots a little more than Dennis when it came to rough play. Bobby had a bit of a mean streak and he could get nasty on occasion.

Dennis had the puck and dished it off. He saw Orr coming and he got his hands up and gave Bobby a bit of a shove in the face. Orr objected to the hit because Dennis had his stick up as well. Bobby came around with a deliberate slash. Orr was called for a five minute major because the stick was high and up toward the face of Hextall. Dennis got a two minute minor for roughing.

Bobby was fuming and felt that the officials were being unfair. He thought that Hextall should get a penalty for high sticking as well. Orr was mouthing off to Dennis and expressing that he was not happy with the initial stick work. He probably told Hextall that this beef was not over. The two had a bout later in the game to settle the matter.
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vsurov2
Jun 7, 2012 02:31 ET
No fight.
Bobby Orr - 5min.,Dennis Hextall - 2min.
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LukeLaC
Jun 8, 2012 09:56 ET


12:16
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LukeLaC
Jun 8, 2012 10:15 ET
In this time wasn't any fight only Orr slashed Hextall and received 5 minutes for it. You can see it in the clip I added. I think they reviewed fight at 34:31.Reply
no.7
Jun 9, 2012 05:16 ET
Thanks.Reply


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 Dave Forbes  (Aggressor) 5'10'' 3178lb 7Rivers Of Blood
 Henry Boucha  (Victim) 6'1'' 3185lb 7
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Jun 20, 2012 13:56 ET
Henry Boucha was a promising player who scored in double digit goals for three consecutive years as a member of the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota North Stars. He quickly became a fan favorite wearing a distinctive headband. Henry was proud of his Native heritage and was a regal figure on the ice.

Boucha did not fight very much, but he was a gritty player who would defend himself when necessary. Dave Forbes was a promising player with the Bruins. He was capable of playing a physical style of game. However, he was not known as any type of enforcer. He usually played a clean game with the Bruins, although he had some occasional fights.

On this occasion, Boucha and Forbes tangled a couple times on the ice. Dave landed a hard check on Henry in the corner. Boucha did not like the hit because it was a bit high. Forbes got called for an elbowing penalty, but Boucha wanted to teach him a lesson to not target the head in hits along the boards. He started firing punches right away.

Forbes knew what was coming his way. Dave threw a right hand of his own, which missed the mark. Henry connected with a hard punch that dumped Forbes like a sack of potatoes. Dave went down like a ton of bricks on the ice. The players from both teams quickly intervened and the was no follow up action at the time. Forbes and Boucha cooled off for awhile in the penalty box.

While the men were serving their time, Bobby Orr and Dennis Hextall tangled. The game was a chippy encounter. Bobby put a good slash on Dennis. He got hit with a major penalty while Dennis had a two-minute minor. The game continued to be a chippy affair.

As soon as Forbes and Boucha got out of the penalty box, they went right at each other again. The Boston televised feed was following the play up the ice and didn't catch the beginning of the altercation. Eyewitnesses described that Forbes punched Boucha in the eye with his butt-end of his stick in his hand. The stick penetrated Henry's eye and did significant structural damage.

The cameras caught the aftermath of the altercation. Boucha was writing in agony on the ice. There was blood everywhere. Henry was hurt badly. His teammates immediately stepped in, but no one was able to make Dave pay for the gruesome attempt to injure Boucha. Henry was on the ice for some time and he was taken from the arena in a stretcher.

My father watched this game on live television. He described the sickening scene on the ice. He recalled there being blood everywhere. You can see that this was a macabre and gory scene. There were two guys with shovels that cleaned up the blood from the ice. This was a sad moment demonstrating the brutality that can occur on the ice when players let their emotions get out of control.

Forbes was kicked out of the game for a deliberate attempt to injure. This was a just verdict. He would have been suspended for close to half a season had this type of malevolent stick work occurred in the present day. Dave later expressed great regret for his actions on this night. However, the damage was done and Boucha would never be the same again.

Henry did make a comeback the following season. He was not the same player and struggled as a member of the lowly Kansas City Scouts. He had a measure of success with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA. He continued to have major problems with his vision. He was forced to retire from hockey prematurely after a brief spell with the Colorado Rockies. Boucha later made news by winning a large settlement in the courts for the damage he suffered during this infamous game.
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bradu
Feb 4, 2006 01:20 ET
I think we need to add a fight here...

http://www.hockeyfights.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32374

it appears Boucha beat Forbes in a fight, which prompted Forbes to cheapshot him when they got out of the box.
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theHammer
Feb 12, 2006 10:58 ET
There's a brief clip of this on a tape I have.Reply
Jocke
Mar 1, 2006 04:40 ET
Henry Boucha missed part of 74-75 after suffering an eye injury that required surgery. The eye injury, caused by a high stick from Boston's Dave Forbes, eventually forced him to retire. Forbes was criminally charged in the incident, in which he also banged Boucha's head into the ice. Forbes' trial resulted in a hung jury.Reply
Jocke
Jun 17, 2006 09:03 ET
Dave Forbes was charged with aggravated assault. A nine-day trial ended in the hung jury and charges were dropped when the prosecutor decided not to ask for a second trial.Reply
Jocke
Apr 7, 2007 12:44 ET
Boucha suffered a 25-inch gash and missed 19 games.Reply
EC
Dec 25, 2007 18:57 ET
The players exit the penalty boxes and Forbes comes up to Boucha and viciously rams the butt end of his stick into Boucha's right eye. When Boucha went to the ice Forbes started punching him until he was pulled off. Very brutal cheapshot.Reply
clackson3
Oct 25, 2008 14:20 ET
Quote from message by Jocke
caused by a high stick from Boston's Dave Forbes
It wasn't a high stick, Forbes butt-ended him in the eye with his stick, and then jumped on Boucha and pounded him in the back of the head.
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toddpratt
Jun 11, 2011 16:12 ET
its funny listening to the homo.... im mean homer Bs announcers look for excuses for forbes.

yeah 'boucha hit his head on the ice'.
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toddpratt
Jun 11, 2011 16:14 ET
'his head hit the ice as he was making an effort to get up'. anuses.Reply
LockMonster
Jun 7, 2012 02:57 ET
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LockMonster
Jun 7, 2012 02:58 ET
Fast forward to about the 2:25 mark of this video. That's where the incident takes place.Reply
michiann
Jun 7, 2012 19:07 ET
I felt so sorry for Boucha. Forbes-the-knucklehead took a fist-swing at Boucha while he was still holding his own stick and that's when the butt-end did all that damage. I'm sure Forbes realized his own stupidness & carelessness while i hope the nhl schooled all players on what NOT to do with the hockey stick in any situation, whether in a play-situation or after-play situation.Reply
BattleshipRules
Jun 20, 2012 14:00 ET
LockMonster,
Thanks for posting the video. My dad watched this sickening event on live television. What a real shame.
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LockMonster
Jun 21, 2012 09:30 ET
Yep, and Forbes got what he deserved, this coming from a Bruins fan.Reply
no-name-no-slogan
Jan 18 18:14 ET
I was at this game with my dad. I was five years old at the time and a huge North Stars fan. My folks were divorced and my dad lived in an apartment right across Cedar Ave from the old Met Center. Going to games with him is one of the best childhood memories I have of him. Boucha was one of my favorite players-- I even owned one of the headbands the North Stars sold with his name on it (wish I could find that now-- bet it would be worth a penny or two!).

I remember the blood gushing out of Boucha's eye, and the guys coming out with the shovels to clean up the ice. It was gruesome. It was a cheap hit, no doubt. Sure, Boston vs. Minnesota games were always a rough and tumble affair with lots of fighting, but this was completely out of line. Sickening.
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Scrum at 15:54
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vsurov2
Sep 29, 2010 00:23 ET
Forbes (Bos), Oliver (Min) - game misconduct.Reply


Fight at 34:31
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Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Bobby Orr 6'0'' 1199lb 24N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Dennis Hextall 5'11'' 1175lb 24N/AN/AN/A
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Sep 26, 2012 09:05 ET
Draw Fun 
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Dennis Hextall was a feisty player who would fight at the drop of a hat. He was only a light heavyweight, but he loved to play a physical style of game. Dennis got into a lot of fights with the Seals and the North Stars. He was a primary enforcer for these two franchises that were desperately lacking fighters at the time.

Bobby Orr was a chippy player who liked to play rough. He was not shy in getting into altercations, especially before the crippling knee injuries. Orr and Hextall were fierce competitors who often crossed paths. They had a skirmish earlier in the game. The two collided and Dennis shoved Bobby in the face. Orr retaliated with a slash. Dennis got a two minute minor and Bobby got a major penalty at that time.

These two decided to go at it again later in the game. Bobby was the better fighter with some pretty good pop on his punches. Dennis was very strong for his size and liked to wrestle. Both men liked to maneuver their opponents in an advantageous position with the intent of throwing punches. Both men employed a hybrid wresting-boxing style at times.

Orr and Hextall got tangled up against the boards. Dennis grabbed Bobby in a headlock. Hextall threw a few light right hand raps at Orr. The blows did not appear to land. Dennis was unable to get any leverage from the punches at close range. Orr was pinning him up against the boards which further dissipated the impact of the blows.

The officials were intent on stopping the bout right away. Ordinarily, they might let the guys go a bit, but the Forbes-Boucha bloodbath had occurred earlier in the game. Dave stuck the butt-end of his stick in Henry's eye and this led to a pool of Boucha's blood on the ice. Unfortunately, Henry suffered permanent damage to his eye and was never the same player again.

The officials were determined to break up the fight quickly and allow no more blood to be shed on this fateful day. Orr was really ripped at Hextall. He threw a right and a left on the inside. It was unclear from the footage whether the punches landed or what impact the blows had. Bobby wanted a piece of Hextall's hide. As the officials were separating the men, Bobby threw a right hand over the refs. The blow appeared to just miss the target.

This fight was a draw. Bobby could generate good power when he was angry. He was really upset with Hextall, but the zebras were determined to stop the bout. This fight never really got started and it was a boring draw.
 EddieShore
914 fight reviews

Dec 12, 2006 09:39 ET
Draw Fun 
2
Orr and Hextall wrestled for the entire scrap. Orr had Hextall against the boards while the linesmen were there. Just as the linesemen separated them from each other Orr threw a big overhand right. Orr seemed quite upset. Once again the zebras didn't let the guys fight.
Billiam
563 fight reviews

Oct 8, 2005 17:03 ET
Draw Fun 
2
Up against the boards... wrestling... Orr threw a punch over the linesman but it didn't land..
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LukeLaC
Jun 8, 2012 10:03 ET
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