Feb 1, 1970
Toronto - Boston6-7

Summary Of Events
1  32:23  Bench-Clearing Brawl    
2  32:23  Fight  Pulford-McKenzie
3  32:23  Fight  Quinn-Orr
4  32:23  Fight  Selby-McKenzie
5  32:23  Fight  Gamble-Cheevers
6  36:01  Fight  Horton-Hodge

Bench-Clearing Brawl at 32:23
Toronto PlayersBoston Players
Duration N/A  George Armstrong  Bruce Gamble  Brian Glennie  Jim Harrison  Paul Henderson  Dave Keon  Rick Ley  Pat Quinn  Brit Selby  Norm Ullman     Don Awrey  Garnet "Ace" Bailey  Wayne Carleton  Wayne Cashman  Gerry Cheevers  Gary Doak  Ken Hodge  Ed Johnston  Jim Lorentz  Don Marcotte  John McKenzie  Bobby Orr  Dallas Smith  Rick Smith  Fred Stanfield  Ed Westfall   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: A Lot
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no.7
Jun 29, 2005 15:59 ET
After Pulford and McKenzie initially went at it, Esposito and Quinn came in, and Orr jumped Quinn. Ley jumped off the bench because the Leafs were short-handed, and the benches cleared.Reply
no.7
Jun 30, 2005 06:48 ET
Both teams were fined $1000. Ley got a $300 fine for being the first to leave the bench. Glennie got $200 for leaving penalty box to join in the brawl.Reply
MarkV
Jul 4, 2007 16:59 ET
Feb 1 - Bruins edge Leafs 7-6 on Johnny "Pie" McKenzie's late goal at the Gardens. This game saw both benches clear for a long brawl. In the second period Bobby paid retribution to Pat Quinn for the hit he put on him during last season's playoff game. The picture of Orr on top of Quinn behind the Leafs goal was published in Life magazine 26 days later. The fight came at 12:33 of the
period when John McKenzie high-sticked Pat Quinn.
Phil Esposito was prepared to drop the gloves but gave
way to Orr.

Orr had the advantage in the beginning with Fred
Stanfield having pulled Quinn down. To even things up
Brian Glennie left the penalty box to join the fray.

The game summary read:

Quinn (fighting, elbowing), Selby (fighting major),
Glennie (misconduct), McKenzie (fighting major,
high-sticking), Orr (fighting major) 12:33

Glennie was fined $200 for leaving the penalty box.
Rick Ley received the same fine for leading players
off the bench. Others fines of $100 went to Bruins
and Leaf player, while the team managements were
assessed $1,000 each. In all, $4,700 in fines were
collected for the NHL Player Emergency Fund.
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LockMonster
Aug 30, 2010 22:53 ET
Whoever has the video of this brawl has to post this either on here or on YouTube. We'd all like to see it. This was on the NHL on CBS Game of the Week too.Reply
astronomietuque62
Feb 19, 2012 21:44 ET
yes video of this brawl would be great. I recall the game. Was 8 at the time. Have pics of it from Toronto Telegram in season scrapbook kept by brother and me. Rather bloody brawl.Reply
7971
Dec 9, 2013 20:16 ET
Frozen In Time Bruins DVD- this dvd has footage from games involving these 69-70 bruins. I hear highlites from this game are on here.So, I am hoping the footage of this ENTIRE BENCH CLEARING BRAWL , is on here.Not just the clips shown on THE NESN DOC 'BOBBY ORR AND THE BIG BAD BRUINS." Which we see here , which I apperciate.
if anyone has FROZEN IN TIME BRUINS DVD, please let us all know on this site.tx.
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Durbano
Dec 30 11:32 ET
Mon, Feb 2, 1970 – 28 · The Tampa Times (Tampa, Florida, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
Mon, Feb 2, 1970 – 21 · The Boston Globe (Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
Mon, Feb 2, 1970 – 15 · Calgary Herald (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) · Newspapers.com
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Fight at 32:23
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Bob Pulford 5'11'' 2188lb 18N/AN/AN/AN/A
 John McKenzie 5'9'' 2170lb 18N/AN/AN/A
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Fight at 32:23
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Pat Quinn 6'3'' 3215lb 16520N/A
 Bobby Orr 6'0'' 3199lb 161080
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 BattleshipRules
13337 fight reviews

Aug 26, 2012 08:09 ET
Bobby Orr decisive win
Fight called Unfair by BattleshipRules on Aug 25, 2012
Reason: Too much interference by other players
 Fun 
7
Bobby Orr had some history before the fight with Pat Quinn. The two had a good action bout the previous year. Then, in a playoff game in 1969, Pat nailed Bobby with a forearm shiver to the face as Orr was skating with his head down trying to move the puck up the ice. This was a deliberate attempt to injure and Bobby got knocked out cold from the devastating impact of the blow.

Orr was looking for some payback in going after Quinn on this occasion. Bobby started punching along the boards. He landed a good shot with his first blow. Pat was unable to get off to a good start because an official grabbed his arms in trying to prevent the fight from starting. Bobby landed another pretty good right and followed up with a partial connect.

Quinn got free and in a position to do some punching. He landed a partial connect with a left hand. Then, he missed with a right. He landed a decent blow with his next punch. He missed with a couple of follow up shots. Bobby was on the defensive at this point and it appeared that the bout would be competitive.

At this juncture, Fred Stanfield grabbed Quinn's jersey. Pat was really bothered by the interference. He was getting pulled away from Bobby. Orr leaned forward and was able to connect with some punches. Pat was getting hit by punches and slowly being dragged to the ice.

Orr landed two partial connects. Then, he landed two decent blows. Quinn was not firing back, but trying to brace himself for a fall that he knew was inevitable. Pat got hauled to the ice by Stanfield's incessant tugging on his jersey. Bobby got on top of Quinn and landed three consecutive solid punches. Pat had a bit of a grip on his right arm and Bobby was not able to get great leverage on his blows. The officials finally were able to break up the bout.

I rate this as a decisive win for Orr. Bobby landed several more punches than Quinn in the bout. Pat landed one shot with pretty good pop and another partial connect. Orr landed several punches with pretty good power, a few decent blows, and a couple of partial connects. He put some hurt on Quinn and Pat needed to be rescued by the officials.

Bobby likely fought Quinn to demonstrate that he would not back away from the guy who knocked him cold. By putting some hurt on Pat, Orr could buy more space on the ice and get Quinn to think twice about throwing such an irresponsible hit on him in the future. Bobby is a real class act and fought because he was trying to be an asset to his team in a physical capacity. Orr was a strong man who had pretty good pop in his punches. He was one of the toughest guys on the Bruins and saw that it was a duty to stand up for himself and protect his smaller teammates.

One of my favorite movies is "Blade Runner." Rutger Hauer was the genetically engineered character designed to perform superhuman feats. He met his maker and asked why his life was destined to be so short. The evil scientist stated that to make a candle burn twice as bright, the candle had to burn twice as fast. A short lifespan was the price to pay for greatness.

Bobby was like the blazing candle that shined brighter than any that came before. He had a magnificent luminescent glow on the ice. Part of what made him so great was that he played the game with more passion than anyone else. Orr was a ferocious competitor, but there were other guys who played the game as hard. What separated Orr from the rest was the speed in which he played the game. He went full-throttle all the time on the ice. Bobby combined creative genius with blistering speed.

My father remembers Orr as being the best skater he ever saw. There may have been guys who could beat him in a race, but no one was able to stickhandle at the incredible speed which Bobby did. My dad remembers Orr for his breathtaking rushes up the ice. There were times where Bobby could circle around and around the net while killing a penalty. Orr could hold on to the puck for a minute straight and other star players were unable to get the puck away from him.

Bobby had tremendous hand-eye coordination. He had a hard, accurate shot and was a brilliant passer. I once saw a clip of him getting knocked on the ice. Bobby calmly located the puck as he was sliding and set up his teammate with a beautiful feed. The teammate scored a goal on perhaps the most impressive pass I ever saw.

Once, Orr scored a goal where he faked out a series of guys. There is a picture I saw where Bobby scored a goal and all six opposing players were on the ice after futile efforts to stop Bobby. Orr was capable of pulling off impossible feats that could barely be comprehended.

Orr's toughness was just as impressive. Bobby blew his knees out from the force of his dazzling cuts on the ice. It is no surprise if you need to change your tires quickly if you drive your Ferrari 150 miles per hour. Bobby did not complain about his painful knees. Bobby Clarke was not known for being an empathetic guy. He stated that Orr playing on damaged knees during the 1976 Canada Cup tournament was the greatest act of courage he had ever seen.

Orr was like the superhuman beings in "Blade Runner." Unlike Rutger Hauer, Bobby did not need to wax poetic about his achievements fading away "like tears in the rain." Orr does not engage in self-pity. He is one of the least self-entitled athletes I have ever seen. He was a shooting-star who burned out too soon. Orr was like Icarus in Greek mythology. He flew closer to the sun that any other player. It was inevitable that his wings would be burned and he would fall back to earth. Fortunately, his greatness will live on preserved in precious video footage and in the memories of generations of hockey fans.
 Boreal
516 fight reviews

Oct 3, 2012 08:01 ET
Bobby Orr decisive win
Fight called Unfair by BattleshipRules on Aug 25, 2012
Reason: Too much interference by other players
 Fun 
7
This wasn't the first time Bobby Orr had run into Pat Quinn. The previous season, Orr and Quinn got into a scrap and then in the playoffs, Quinn nailed Orr with a cheap hit. Orr recieved a concussion but was able to come back for the next game in the series. During the bench clearing brawl, Orr found Quinn and the two dropped the gloves. Orr started swinging right away, connecting on a right. A linesmen had jumped in to intervene but was unable to separate the two. He let them go and went off to deal with somebody else. Orr missed with another right as Quinn got his arm free and missed with a left. Then, Orr connected on a right as Quinn landed a left before Bobby ducked to avoid a right from Quinn. Quinn pushed Orr up against the boards and threw three rights, connecting solidly on one. Quinn had Orr in a position up against the boards.

Bruins winger Fred Stanfield saw that his teammate was in trouble and grabbed onto Quinn's jersey. Orr quickly missed a right and then began to get some room between himself and Quinn. Orr got his right arm free again and connected well on a right before missing another. Quinn finally fell down to the ice which is when Stanfield let go. Orr connected with four right hands as Quinn was down on the ice before the linesmen had to jump in and save Quinn.

A decent tilt between the two. Orr likely wanted to get revenge for when Quinn injured him with a cheap shot. Orr started well and connected on a few right hands. However, Pat Quinn was a tough customer and landed a few shots of his own. Quinn was able to get Orr pinned against the boards, and connect on a good right. Fred Stanfield needed to bail Orr out and grabbed on Quinn's jersey. Quinn could not throw any punches as he needed to focus on not falling down and just hanging on to Orr. Orr managed to get some punching room and landed a nice right hand. Quinn finally fell down to the ice, allowing Orr to connect with three good rights. It was at this point that the linesmen jumped in.

Pat Quinn was a good though defencemen with not much offensive upside. Quinn's time in Toronto was brief but he made an impact. Quinn recorded a large amount of penalty minutes while playing his tough shutdown game. Quinn continued doing this in Vancouver after he was chosen by the Canucks in the 1970 Expansion Draft. Quinn was then selected by the Atlanta Flames in the 1972 Expainsion Draft where he played five seasons and was named team capitan before retiring due to an injury. Quinn then moved into coaching and was also General Manager for the Canucks at one point. He was the man who brought Kirk McLean to Vancouver.

Bobby Orr was also a tough defencemen but his offensive skills were amazing. The way he could go end to end so smoothly was a talent very few people had. Orr put up some amazing numbers for the Bruins and set some records that may never be broken. His total of one hundred and thirty nine points in the 70-71 season has never been suceeded by another defencemen. Orr just had this ability to go end to end without needing to look down and risk being nailed by a huge hit.

Although I never got to see Bobby play, it is amazing to find old clips of games and just watch how well Orr would play. He always looked so calm and collected when he had the puck, as if the world might blow up but he would just keep going. And who could forget his classic Stanley Cup winning goal against the St. Louis Blues in 1970. If I were to choose one picture to describe hockey, it would be Orr flying through the air, arms raised while the crowd starts to go insane. Orr made an impact on the game that we will never forgot.

Decisive win to Orr here. Orr got Quinn in a bad position and the linesmen needed to save him. However, Fred Stanfield had pulled Quinn down, making it unfair. The fight was quite entertaining as it was a good battle between two tough defencemen.
supersonic
7732 fight reviews

Feb 6, 2017 21:18 ET
Bobby Orr decisive win
Fight called Unfair by BattleshipRules on Aug 25, 2012
Reason: Too much interference by other players
 Fun 
6
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MarkV
Jul 4, 2007 17:03 ET
This is the infamous Bobby Orr photo on top of Pat Quinn. What a lot of people don't realize is Fred Stanfield had pulled Quinn down and then it was Orr who decided the opportunity was right to seek retribution for the elbow Quinn gave him the year earlier. Orr did a lot of this throughout his career, throwing linesmen aside, pushing linesmen, throwing punches over linesmen, but it was Bobby Orr so who am I to say what's right?Reply
Boreal
Oct 2, 2012 16:57 ET
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Fight at 32:23
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Brit Selby 5'10'' 1175lb 5N/AN/AN/AA Lot
 John McKenzie 5'9'' 1170lb 5N/AN/AN/A
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 knight77
140 fight reviews

Aug 21, 2018 01:37 ET
Outcome: N/A Fun 
N/A
During this era, it seemed that every CBS (and later NBC) Sunday game of the week was seasoned with one major fight or incident. In this case, it was a Boston-Toronto bench-clearing brawl, preceded by a Bruin gangland attack on defenceman Pat Quinn. As Esposito, Orr, and Stanfield wrapped up their mugging of Quinn, the camera panned to Brit Selby and Johnny McKenizie. Selby was lying prone on his back with McKenzie sitting on top of him. The Bruin winger had blood streaming from the side of his eye.

Apparently, Selby had gotten off at least one effective punch earlier in the confrontation, but the viewer never saw the actual fight. It's not possible to make a call here.


Fight at 32:23
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Bruce Gamble 5'9'' 2190lb 10N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Gerry Cheevers 5'11'' 2180lb 10N/AN/AN/A
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Fight at 36:01
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Tim Horton 5'10'' 4180lb 34N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Ken Hodge 6'2'' 4214lb 34N/AN/AN/A
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 BattleshipRules
13337 fight reviews

Feb 6, 2017 21:14 ET
Draw Fun 
4
Hodge and Horton decided to go. Tim slipped and stumbled a bit. Ken missed a shot and landed two decent blows. He missed a punch. Horton landed an average right. Hodge missed a blow and landed a light punch. An official got between the men. Horton landed a partial connect and the refs stopped the contest.

I rate this as a draw. Both men landed, but neither with frequency or too much effectiveness.
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BattleshipRules
Feb 6, 2017 21:27 ET
Old Bruins Footage @5:12Reply

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