Nov 4, 1978
Philadelphia - Boston7-3

Summary Of Events
1  5:03  Fight  Holmgren-O'Reilly
2  14:17  Almost Fight  Holmgren-Wensink
3  18:28  Fight  Wilson-Wensink
4  18:54  Fight  Holmgren-O'Reilly
5  18:54  Fight  Bridgman-Milbury
6  38:21  Cheap Shot  MacLeish-Milbury

Fight at 5:03
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Duration 0:07ThrownLanded   Big   
 Paul Holmgren 6'3'' 2210lb 10420None
 Terry O'Reilly 6'1'' 2200lb 10320
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 BattleshipRules
13232 fight reviews

Oct 4, 2012 21:11 ET
Draw Fun 
4
Terry O'Reilly and Paul Holmgren were bitter rivals. There was some real bad blood between these two. Terry went into the corner with the intent of throwing a check on Paul. Holmgren got his stick up and cross-checked O'Reilly in the face.

Holmgren did not make the same mistake he did the first time the two tangled. Paul hit Terry and was not ready to fight in the first encounter. Holmgren knew that Terry was going to go right after him following a hit like that. Paul was ready and threw some punches right away. Holmgren landed a decent blow and a solid shot.

O'Reilly got up and threw some punches of his own. Terry appeared to land a couple of decent left hands as the view was partially obstructed by an official. O'Reilly missed with a follow up left. He landed a partial connect with a right as the officials were breaking up the bout.

I rate this fight as a draw. Terry landed a couple of blows and so did Paul. I don't think there was a meaningful difference between the two in the bout. Therefore, I think a draw is a fair verdict.
 SarcasticPillow
20993 fight reviews
158 fight logs

Dec 15, 2012 15:00 ET
Draw Fun 
2
Terry O'Reilly goes for a hit on Paul Holmgren in the corner but Holmgren brings his stick up, hitting O'Reilly in the face as contact is made. Holmgren and O'Reilly both shed the gloves and grab onto each other, O'Reilly still on his knees. O'Reilly gets up but immediately falls back down as Holmgren lands two rights. Holmgren hits the ice beside O'Reilly who then gets up and throws three lefts, landing two as Holmgren's jersey starts to come off. Holmgren misses two rights as he's on his knees and the linesmen come in. O'Reilly misses two rights and then goes down and tries to get on top of Holmgren while the linesmen work to separate them. A very bad fight. It started with O'Reilly on the ice and ended with Holmgren on the ice shortly afterward. Draw as they both got a couple punches in on the other while he was down.
 EC
4917 fight reviews
1 fight log

Dec 18, 2016 14:25 ET
Draw Fun 
3
Terry O'Reilly comes into the corner to take a run at Paul Holmgren. Holmgren sees him coming and catches O'Reilly in the face with a high stick. The two tough guys drop their gloves immediately. O'Reilly slips and tumbles down while Holmgren capitalizes by hitting him with two rights. Holmgren goes down as well but O'Reilly springs back to his feet. He hits Holmgren with two left hands before the officials move in to try and separate them. O'Reilly throws a right that misses before he goes down again as well. The linesmen have a difficult time trying to get the two rivals apart as they don't want to separate. They would go at it again later on.

Both men connected with a couple of punches in this brief scrap so I will score it a draw.
itsJ.Millertime
12446 fight reviews

Apr 17, 2018 14:34 ET
Draw Fun 
3
Balance issues cut this potential slugfest short as first O'Reilly slips and Holmgren lands a couple then Holmgren slips as O'Reilly gets up and O'Reilly lands a couple before the linesmen jump in, draw.
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wags
May 15, 2005 16:42 ET
How can you take shots at O'Reilly's ability to fight and say hes not in Holmgrens class when he beats Holmgren later in the game?Reply
billybalz
May 15, 2005 17:24 ET
Quote from message by wags
How can you take shots at O'Reilly's ability to fight and say hes not in Holmgrens class when he beats Holmgren later in the game?
o'reilly wasn't in holmgrens class?? i think u got the names mixed up there fella.
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Anonymous
Aug 14, 2005 09:44 ET
thats right! o reilly kicked holmgroms ass after this fight . yeah he may have lost a few but every fighter some times loses o'reilly kicked clark gillies ass and dave shultzs ass also ( those 2 guys were 2 of the toughest back then ) o'reilly was tough! and u cant argue about that!Reply
SarcasticPillow
Aug 5, 2009 18:36 ET
The fight.

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Almost Fight at 14:17
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 Paul Holmgren 6'3'' 3210lb 10N/A
 John Wensink 6'0'' 3200lb 10


Fight at 18:28
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Duration 0:26ThrownLanded   Big   
 Behn Wilson 6'3'' 3210lb 101573A Bit
 John Wensink 6'0'' 3200lb 101693
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 BattleshipRules
13232 fight reviews

Jun 27, 2014 16:27 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
9
This was an excellent bout. Wilson was a talented youngster who performed well against top heavyweights from the start of his stellar career of an NHL enforcer. Wensink was an established veteran who was in the prime of his career. He came off a big win against Battleship Kelly the previous season.

Wensink replaced the popular showman Kelly as the enforcer for the Rochester Americans. Don Cherry had both men as enforcers. He hand-picked both men and wanted a guy to have an intimidating look along with the fighting skill. Both men had the wild mane of hair and Fu Manchu mustaches. With the impressive win, Wensink became arguably the biggest intimidator in the NHL. He famously challenged the Minnesota North Stars bench and had no takers.

Big Behn had the stones to take on anyone. He wasn't going to be intimidated. He had great physical attributes and was very clever. However, Wilson's knowledge of the fight game was still on the rise. He had some trouble with Tiger Williams, Nick Fotiu, and Belting Bert Wilson in his early years. He was approaching his prime, but hadn't reached the pinnacle.

Wensink threw down the gauntlet by checking the big defenseman. Big Behn was eager to go. John missed two punches and landed an average right. Wilson missed a blow and landed a solid shot. He missed a punch and landed a solid connect. He landed a solid blow, missed a punch, and landed a pretty good punch. Big Behn was taking it to the powerful heavyweight.

Wensink was an underrated tactician. Like Battleship Kelly, John was seasoned in several minor league campaigns before entering the NHL. This was how he became a top NHL fighter right away after joining the Bruins. Wensink knew how to make adjustments when things weren't working. John landed solid counters in return. He landed a solid blow, missed a punch, and landed an average shot. He missed a punch, landed two solid blows and missed a shot.

Big Behn missed a blow, landed an average connect. He missed a punch and landed a solid blow. Wensink missed a shot and landed a solid right. Wilson missed two blows and landed an average punch. This was a great heavyweight fight and both landed a number of power shots.

John had a trick up his sleeve. He decided to switch hands. Big Behn had settled into a tit-for-tat battle of rights. He seemed surprised when Wensink went with lefts. Wensink tugged some of Behn's jersey. Wilson was a bit off-balance. Wensink landed two pretty good lefts. Behn stumbled and fell to the ice. The refs stopped the fight.

I rate this as a narrow win for Wensink. I thought the fight was pretty even before John landed two powerful lefts at the end. The ending has been considered controversial among some fans. Some are adamant that this was a TKO for Wensink. I don't see this as a TKO. Wilson was significantly off-balance in my eyes. He was starting to slip and stumble before the punches connected. The blows had pretty good pop, but I think this just ensured that Wensink won the fight.

This was a big win for Wensink. He had a great spell as a fighter in the late 1970's. He was probably a top five fighter in the NHL for a good portion of that time. He didn't take on Gillies or Beck, but that was a different era where all the tough guys didn't go as often as in the late 1980's or 1990's. Most top fighters had some big names missing from the fight card at that time. The top fighters of the era could generally play the game and were not designated enforcers.

"Wire" Wensink was a better player than is commonly assumed. He had twenty eight goals one year playing with Peter McNab. Don Cherry had to actually prod him to focus less on his offense. Wensink didn't have a long shelf life as a fighter. He had incredible physical strength for the era. However, he spent a number of years in the minors before getting a regular shot as an NHL enforcer. He got his lunch handed to him by Bob Nystrom in the 1980 playoffs. Wensink had some good moments after that, but his days as a top fighter were over. John deserves to be remembered as one of the outstanding fighters of his era. He beat up Behn Wilson physically and outslugged him. He also outboxed him. Not many guys could say that. He gave Wilson the worst loss of his career regardless of the official classification of the bout.
 SlapShot
207 fight reviews

Jul 28, 2006 20:34 ET
John Wensink win by TKO Fun 
10
Awesome fight between two of the best ever. Wensink checks Wilson into the boards as a Bruin is skating down the ice to touch up on an icing call, and back at the other end of the rink Wensink and Wilson are squaring off and trading some serious punches (I scored this fight a 10 for a lot of reasons, the main one being the quality of punches landed). Both are scoring with a combination of right crosses and uppercuts, and in spite of the bombs that are landed neither is getting a clear advantage on the other. Wensink then switches to his left and catches Wilson with another great shot, and Wilson goes down as the linesmen jump in and keep them apart from each other. At first viewing it looked like a TKO, but to be certain (especially for a fight of this calibre) I watched it three more times to make sure it wasn't a slip or because Wilson was off-balance. As I watch it he (Wilson) does have his feet set when Wensink's punch lands, and he then falls to the ice - I don't see anything to indicate that it was something other than Wensink's punch that made him go down. If Wensink pulled him down after the punch landed I missed it, but if that was the case I could see a clear Wensink victory but I cannot see a Wilson victory here at all - it was a total, rock 'em sock 'em bout prior to the knockdown, so Wensink has to get the victory for the great finish. However, as stated before this was a phenomenal fight between two legends - those who haven't seen it will definitely want to.
 srehm1
357 fight reviews

May 16, 2008 09:36 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
Classic tilt between Behn Wilson and John Wensink. Both drop the gloves and Wensink fires off a quick right just as they come to grips. Wensink fires off another right hand once they come together that just catches Wilson.

Wilson returns fire with about 7-8 right hands, landing a few uppercuts in the process. Wensink takes a few shots and then responds with more right hands of his own. One of these shots lands and takes Wilson's helmet off. They both grab hold, briefly, before Wensink fires off three rights landing at least two. Wilson then counters with a right of his own that lands solidly.

Both fighters wrestle briefly before Wensink tries a few more rights that don't seem to connect. Wilson Fires an uppercut that just misses. Wensink then begins to throw lefts that seem to catch Wilson a bit by surprise. He lands at least one left as he pulls Wilson to the ice and the linesmen intervene.

I have to give John Wensink a slight edge in this one. Wilson did erupt with some right hands early, but I believe Wensink did a good job of weathering the storm and landing just enough shots of his own to eke out a victory.

I don't believe Wilson went down from a punch in this fight. It looks as if he is thrown down in a way as Wensink begins to throw lefts. Great fight between two real warriors.
 SarcasticPillow
20993 fight reviews
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Nov 23, 2012 18:22 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
John Wensink rubs out Behn Wilson along the halfboards and takes his head right into glass in the process. Wilson is angry with the dirty play by Wensink and goes right back at him. The two heavyweights shed their mitts and squareoff. They wade in on each other and get a grip on the other's sweater, Wilson getting his around the shoulder and Wensink the collar. They throw simultaneously, Wensink missing an overhand right and Wilson missing a right hook. Wensink lowers his head a little bit but Wilson lands two rights from underneath, forcing Wensink's head back up. Wensink then lands a right jab just before Wilson connects with an overhand right. They then throw simultaneously again, Wilson landing another overhand right while Wensink lands a right cross. Wilson lowers his head but lands a right over the top while Wensink misses a right jab. Wensink then lands a right jab while Wilson misses a right hook. Wilson then misses a right hook while Wensink connects on an overhand right and Wilson's helmet is knocked off. Then they throw simultaneously, Wilson missing a right hook and Wensink too missing a right hook. Wensink misses a right uppercut while being pulled in close by Wilson. Wilson raises his head, misses a right uppercut, and then misses an over the top right as Wensink lowers his head. Wensink then raises his head, lands a right cross, lands a right from underneath, and then misses a right cross as Wilson leans away and stands back. Wilson lands an overhand right and lowers his head as Wensink misses a right hook. They get back in close and Wilson raises his head while connecting with a right hook. Wensink misses an overhand right and then Wilson misses a right uppercut. They stay in close and Wilson lands a right hook but then Wensink lands an over the top right and switches to the left hand. Wensink lands two left hooks as Wilson stumbles a little bit while struggling with his balance and then tumbles to the ice. Once down, the linesmen jump right in to break them up. Very good fight, a slugfest between two tough enforcers and a couple of the better fighters in the league. Wilson had his moments and definitely caught Wensink with a few good rights but Wensink got in a couple good rights too and at the end, switched hands well and got in a couple lefts while Wilson eventually fell. Overall, I give an edge to Wensink, his punches were more effective than Wilson's but not by a wide margin.
 ReggieJax77
10 fight reviews

May 24, 2015 23:55 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
This was an excellent tilt between two of the real kingpins of that era. Wensink was playing his usual rambunctious game and greeted the big youngster with a thudding check. Wilson, who made his presence felt almost immediately in his rookie season with Philadelphia by punching it out with everybody and their brother was eager to challenge the established Boston man. In the first half of the fight, both men stuck to their right hands and Wilson surprised the veteran by getting generally the better of it with a series of solid connects, cutting Wensink badly in the process (he would have to leave the game for repairs). Big John was an experienced battler, however and smartly switched hands. Wilson, perhaps in the throes of adrenaline from appearing to do a number on a feared tough guy like Wensink, was completely caught off guard and was unable to adjust in time. Wensink started landing with his left and Wilson, attempting to right himself and react with an adjustment of his own, was thrown off balance by the sheer volume and force of Wensink throwing the lefts at him. He stumbled while trying to adjust his stance and fell down. Wensink added a token left on the way down for good measure. Wilson had a big early edge but Wensink, like a top thoroughbred, charged to victory down the stretch and just edged this classic meeting of first-class bangers by a nose.

The calls for a TKO are a bit odd, in my eyes. It appears obvious that he fell down independently of any punches and he unflinchingly took far worse shots throughout his roller-coaster career. Wilson was an enormously unpleasant person and very much disliked by fans and other players alike. It may be that we would like to have seen him KO'd out of spite. I'd love to be able to say Behn Wilson was dropped by a punch but it didn't happen here by any stretch of the imagination, in my opinion.
 TheDanLine
11296 fight reviews

Jun 13, 2012 22:30 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
Ok, this fight isn't a TKO by any stretch of the imagination, and if you call it that then you really have no business calling hockey fights at all, because it's clear as day that it isn't.

They square up right away and Wilson is the first to get off a series of punches that snap Wensink's head back. I'm surpried that Wensink was able to stay on his feet after taking punches like that. Wensink is able to weather the storm and come back with a series of blows on Wilson and lands some good shots. Wilson, who usually has excellent stamina, looks to tire out as Wensink still has some left in the tank. Wilson throws a few more punches, but he doesn't appear to land anything while Wensink lands a couple of punches. They continue to grapple and jockey for position and Wensink throws a punch on an already off-balance Wilson that looks to just miss as Wilson goes to the ice. This fight was an edge for Wensink, nothing more.
JruGordon
410 fight reviews

Dec 12, 2004 02:31 ET
John Wensink win by TKO Fun 
8
i give Wensink the TKO for the knockdown punch
FitzG
4 fight reviews

Mar 4, 2005 17:47 ET
John Wensink win by TKO Fun 
N/A
Wilson's tough and threw some good ones early but Wensink can take a punch as good as he throws one.(Nystrom fight never moved an inch) Nice left though ! If the ref doesn't step in it could have been alot worse after being knocked down.
fanwiththeshoe
288 fight reviews

Aug 27, 2005 11:29 ET
John Wensink win by TKO Fun 
9
True heavyweight event and classic battle. Pretty even fight, but Wensink dropped him down late. Wilson cuts Wensink, but still TKO win for Wensink. Impressive job by both.
billybalz
242 fight reviews

Nov 20, 2005 09:13 ET
Draw Fun 
8
This was a classic bout....WIlson seemed to land the more effective shots...Wensink got the takedown (TKO my ass) I can't give a loss to either guy...DRAW!!!!
sickboy
143 fight reviews

Dec 24, 2005 17:34 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
9
drwdan19
1255 fight reviews

May 26, 2006 19:19 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
hb11
4715 fight reviews

Jul 29, 2006 19:59 ET
John Wensink win by TKO Fun 
9
Very good scrap between two of the best. Wilson starts out strong throwing hard rights. Wensink comes back with some good rights and finishes with 2 solid lefts, the second one sends Wilson tumbling to the ice.
EddieShore
911 fight reviews

Oct 15, 2006 19:21 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
A classic showdown between two very capable fighters. A lot of quality punches thrown in this fine bout. Both combatants lands with a fine range of shots.
The fight is very even [slight edge Wensink] as long as they exchange rights, but when Wire switches to his left he gets a clear advantage over Big Behn and hammers him with a dandy of a shot that sends Wilson down. It's not a TKO IMO as Wire at the same time yanks Wilson's sweater and he loses his balance, but everything was set up by that last left.
Cementhead
146 fight reviews

Nov 29, 2006 20:52 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
Wilson and Wensink go at it after John lays a hit on Behn.They exchange some big punches and Wensink threw more and landed better.In the end Wilson goes down first but this was no TKO.
RedWingsWereTough
243 fight reviews

Jun 9, 2007 15:06 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
TKO??? WHERE??? They fell down, I don't see Wensink TKOing Wilson here at all.
Anyway, good tussle between two of the toughest
Knuckles13
100 fight reviews

Jan 7, 2008 21:58 ET
Draw Fun 
9
Great fight, both of these guys are throwing bombs and connecting flush! Heads popping backward, sideways, you can tell they put their weight behind every shot. Pretty even exchange. It doesn't look like a TKO at the end, Wilson just lost his balance from the impact, like Wensink's hook surprised him as he (Wilson) was bending forward trying to avoid it.
battleship25
6 fight reviews

Jul 24, 2008 14:44 ET
Draw Fun 
9
Great fight, Wilson outlands the Wire but too close to call . Last 2 lefts by Wensink had more push than snap...pulled off balance and tired Wilson goes down. Great showing by these 2.
re
9278 fight reviews

Oct 2, 2008 07:34 ET
John Wensink clear win Fun 
8
Pretty good brawl hear as Wilson and Wensink traded blows non stop with Wensink actually knocking Wilson around pretty good in this bout.
Kainmaul
8 fight reviews

Mar 3, 2009 06:14 ET
Draw Fun 
7
They both landed some hard shots. The end punch obviously looks better for claiming Wensink the winner but on points it looked pretty even to me.
clackson3
589 fight reviews

Apr 21, 2009 23:45 ET
Draw Fun 
8
GMRWings1983
100 fight reviews

Oct 31, 2009 17:19 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
9
Wilson had too good of a chin for anyone to call this a TKO. Still, Wensink controlled the last part of the fight and I have to give him a slight nod. Although I love Wilson, I have to give Wensink the nod here.
FrAn6
3596 fight reviews

Jul 15, 2011 12:54 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
7
brown1
2 fight reviews

Jan 15, 2012 23:47 ET
Draw Fun 
8
Both fighters land but Wilson's seem to be harder puches. Not sure but it does not look like a clear knockdown as Wensik's last puch glanced off the shoulder ans seemed to push Wilson down.
mullet
20004 fight reviews

Jun 14, 2012 07:04 ET
Outcome: N/A Fun 
9
Great fight for sure, both landed some bombs. Can't decide whether it's a TKO for Wensink or not, so probably better to leave it as N/A, but either way I would think Wensink won.
OAKIES2513
1302 fight reviews

Jun 26, 2012 18:37 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
8
Wensink landed more to earn himself the narrow decision in this fight. Wilson started off doing a nice job with some rights, but Wensink took over. Wilson did a great job at trying to comeback after taking some hard rights earlier in the fight. The final punch by Wensink arguably slightly clipped Wilson but that was not the reason Wilson slipped to the ice. In my opinion, Wensink's momentum caused Wilson to go down to the ice and not that soft left hand punch.

Narrow Win for Wensink. After a hard hit, Wilson too exception and was able to gets some rights free and win the beginning of the fight. Wensink answered and took the advantage of the middle of the fight pretty heavily. The ending was fairly close and could go to either guy for finishing off strong. Wilson had a nice comeback, but it wasn't enough to earn himself a draw. Good fight here.
Fighting101
225 fight reviews

Jun 27, 2012 21:21 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
9
Just a great fight. Both of them were just landing bombs throughout the fight. Wilson seemed to have the slight advantage in the beginning but Wensink was able to hang in and respond. Wensink took over towards the end to win the fight. Wensink was busted open in the fight though.

Wensink gets the edge, but not a TKO in my mind. It definitely seemed like a balance issue and not the punch. With all those bombs landed throughout the fight the punch at the end was just minor. Wilson seemed off balance at the end and Wensink helped Wilson to the ice after the punch. Wilson's had one of the best chins ever. Several huge punches landed throughout that fight and that last punch at the end put Wilson down? I don't think so.
itsJ.Millertime
12446 fight reviews

Apr 17, 2018 14:25 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
10
Excellent back and forth battle with some great toe to toe action, a legendary matchup between two all time top heavies that lived up to every bit of the hype, both are trading big shots the entire fight and both are landing big shots the entire fight, close throughout the fight Wensink closed strong after switching hands to lefty and landing 3 unanswered blows, narrow win Wensink in an all time classic.
supersonic
7426 fight reviews

Jan 11 20:50 ET
John Wensink narrow win Fun 
9
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mich701
Mar 16, 2005 07:18 ET
Disagree. I saw this fight when I was younger. Wilson had Wensink's blood all over the back of his jersey. Wensink went to the hospital to get approx. 10 stiches near his eye. Wilson almosted ended Wensink's career in this fight.Reply
Anonymous
Mar 21, 2005 14:18 ET
End Wensink's career ! How do you figure ? All these enforcers get nailed once in a while and they all bounce back. Bouchard did. 5 to 10 stitches is nothing for these guys regardless where it is. Bottom line for me is who was at the bottom when the fight ended and with a TKO at that. Behn Wilson is one of my favorite enforcers too.Reply
FitzG
Mar 21, 2005 14:28 ET
That's my post above. Forgot to sign in.Reply
Anonymous
Jul 28, 2005 20:07 ET
"almost ended his career" is one of the worst descriptions of a fight I've ever heard. At least we can see you have no bias clouding your judgement.
Win for Wensink in a great fight where both guys landed some good shots. Wensink wins it at the end with a knockdown punch. Great fight!
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Anonymous
Jul 29, 2006 13:38 ET
Heard from an ex flyer from this time period who stated that these two fought in the pre-season. Wilson hammered Wensink apparently according to the ex-flyer Wensink was opened up for 18 stitches in the forehead from Wilson's punches.Reply
newyorican
Apr 17, 2007 13:36 ET
In this particular fight he received 12 stitches according to the Boston announcer.....Reply
Billiam
Jul 11, 2007 18:55 ET


A victory for Wensink but certainly not a TKO.
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SarcasticPillow
Aug 5, 2009 18:36 ET
The fight.

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bzane
Jun 28, 2014 07:46 ET
Hi, Battleship- a very fine review, as always; your accounts are an education, and fun to read. I'll offer a minor alternative opinion on one point: I would suggest that Wensink's uncharacteristic twenty-eight goal season owes far more to the ten-foot check-free vacuum surrounding the Wire, after his reputation had been made, rather than any hockey skill on his part. It's a familiar phenomenon: opponents reluctant to take the body of an out-of-control goon who might react to a clean check with crashing fists. Witness Dave Schultz's famous overtime goal against the Flames in the playoffs- he, like Wensink, had earned a protective cone of invulnerability around himself; the Atlanta defensemen sort of waved their sticks, from a safe distance, at the sight of Schultz chugging in untouched toward their goalie.

Wensink, who stickhandled as though he were shoveling snow, and skated at the speed of a Zamboni, can thank the terror he inspired in awed opponents for the broad freeway he enjoyed on the ice- and for any scoring heroics he may have accomplished.
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BattleshipRules
Jun 28, 2014 08:27 ET
Good point. Wensink was certainly not a top forward. He did work hard to become a competent player. Peter McNab was his center that year and he got plenty of ice time. Don Cherry said that Wensink could barely skate when he was a young player. Wensink wasn't much of an offensive threat when McNab was paired up with better players.Reply
bzane
Jun 28, 2014 08:52 ET
One other observation, if I may: you deserve high marks for rational, unbiased judgement in your fight calls. You're able to credit Wensink with a win over your namesake, "Battleship" Kelly, no matter how great your admiration for the Battleship. Very few reviewers are able to watch a loss by Home-Town Hero without alibiing away the disappointment- he slipped on a stick, he was at the end of his shift, he had the Mongolian flu- or, even worse, scoring a winner based upon geographic prejudice. This includes some of the ludicrous homer calls by the TV announcers one hears on some of the videos. I tend to give more weight to the fight calls made by the heavy hitters on this site- yourself, Chris Y2J, EC, and others- who bring fairness to their reviews, along with hockey-fight knowledge.Reply
BattleshipRules
Jun 28, 2014 09:11 ET
Thanks man. I appreciate the compliment.Reply
bzane
May 25, 2015 14:57 ET
Very, very impressive first review by ReggieJax77 just added. The remarks about one's dislike for a fighter perhaps coloring one's opinion of a bout are telling, and apt. Most of us do tend to do that, and it needed to be said. Happily, for myself, I disliked both Wilson and Wensink intensely, and was rooting for a double kayo, sending both men off to Goon Valhalla. It wasn't meant to be. But a fine review and valuable commentary. Well done.Reply
ReggieJax77
May 25, 2015 15:06 ET
Quote from message by bzane
Very, very impressive first review by ReggieJax77 just added. The remarks about one's dislike for a fighter perhaps coloring one's opinion of a bout are telling, and apt. Most of us do tend to do that, and it needed to be said. Happily, for myself, I disliked both Wilson and Wensink intensely, and was rooting for a double kayo, sending both men off to Goon Valhalla. It wasn't meant to be. But a fine review and valuable commentary. Well done.
Thanks a bunch, man!
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TheDanLine
Jan 11 17:33 ET
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Fight at 18:54
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Duration 0:07ThrownLanded   Big   
 Paul Holmgren 6'3'' 2210lb 10000None
 Terry O'Reilly 6'1'' 2200lb 10200
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 BattleshipRules
13232 fight reviews

Oct 4, 2012 22:06 ET
Draw Fun 
3
O'Reilly got a measure of revenge in this altercation with Holmgren. Paul had cross-checked Terry in the face earlier in the game. O'Reilly returned the favor while Holmgren was tied up along the boards. Terry cross-checked Paul in the face twice.

The two men were grappling in close quarters. Terry appeared to land two partial connects before the men fell to the ice. The men were wrestling on the ice and no additional punches connected.

I rate this fight as a draw. O'Reilly's partial connects had a marginal impact and nothing of significance landed in the short and disappointing bout. This was more of a wrestling match than a real fist fight.
 SarcasticPillow
20993 fight reviews
158 fight logs

Dec 15, 2012 15:09 ET
Draw Fun 
1
Mike Milbury, Terry O'Reilly, and Paul Holmgren are battling for the puck in the corner and Milbury has Holmgren pinned against the boards. O'Reilly then launches at Holmgren, raising his stick up but catches Milbury in the head more so than Homgren. O'Reilly then lands a gloved right on Holmgren as Milbury backs away. Holmgren and O'Reilly drop the mitts and grab onto each other. They get in tight and wrestle along the boards for a little bit. O'Reilly misses two lefts and then Holmgren takes O'Reilly down to the ice. O'Reilly winds up on top but can't do anything more as the linesmen are in fast. They split up the two while they're down but some more rough stuff breaks out, including Milbury entering the fray and pairing off with Mel Bridgman. Awful fight between O'Reilly and Holmgren. O'Reilly went right after Holmgren with a high crosscheck since Holmgren got O'Reilly with a crosscheck that started their fight just over five minutes into this game. That fight never got going and it was much the same in this rematch, just a couple of punches by O'Reilly and then the takedown by Holmgren. Draw.
 EC
4917 fight reviews
1 fight log

Dec 18, 2016 14:38 ET
Draw Fun 
1
Philadelphia tough guy Paul Holmgren is battling for the puck along the boards with Bruin Mike Milbury. Power forward Terry O'Reilly decides to dish out some payback after being cross checked by Holmgren earlier. O'Reilly comes in and lays the lumber on Holmgren (he also caught his teammate Milbury in the head and knocked his helmet off). Holmgren and O'Reilly then get tangled up and the gloves come off once again as they have a rematch. O'Reilly throws two weak and inconsequential left hands as they get wrapped up in tight. The two men then wrestle down to the ice, ending this brief fight.

Unfortunately Round 2 between these two tough guys was a dud. They simply started to wrestle and fell down right away. Therefore I'm calling this fight a draw as well and a major disappointment considering who was involved.
zolika
1953 fight reviews
74 fight logs

May 28, 2008 15:34 ET
Draw Fun 
2
I dont know, how this is an 5, yet even a 8 fight. Some short punches by O Reilly, then Holmgren wrestles him down. Draw.
itsJ.Millertime
12446 fight reviews

Apr 17, 2018 14:38 ET
Draw Fun 
2
O'Reilly got off a short left but if it landed it did nothing and they quickly fall to the ice, draw.
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zolika
May 28, 2008 15:34 ET
JruGordon

Please, can you tell me, how this is a clear O Reilly win?
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zolika
Jun 2, 2008 11:54 ET
I have a feeling that they probably reviewed the fight from the previous year.Reply
SarcasticPillow
Aug 5, 2009 18:37 ET
The fight.

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RedWingsWereTough
Apr 12, 2012 15:36 ET
Hilarity at about 2:10 of the video, Bridgman messing with Milbury.Reply


Fight at 18:54
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Duration 0:37ThrownLanded   Big   
 Mel Bridgman 6'0'' 1190lb 151040N/A
 Mike Milbury 6'1'' 1205lb 15310
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 EddieShore
911 fight reviews

Dec 10, 2006 19:31 ET
Mel Bridgman clear win Fun 
6
Bridgman took command of this fight from the start. He threw three rights at Milbury who answered with two of his own until Bridgman had him down on the ice. Both got up quickly and Bridgman was all over Milbury again. Bridgman threw powerful rights at Milbury who at this point just held on. They both went down and wrestled a bit before the linesmen separated them. Milbury was tough, but not a great fighter. Bridgman on the other hand was no slouch with his fists. Easy win for Bridgman.
 BattleshipRules
13232 fight reviews

Oct 31, 2012 18:59 ET
Mel Bridgman clear win Fun 
6
Bridgman and Milbury were wrestling on the ice at the start of the footage. Mike got up and was trying to skate away. Mel followed Milbury and gave him a clear challenge to put up his dukes. Milbury looked like he knew he was in for a go against one of the toughest guys in the NHL.

Mel missed with two right hands. Mike missed with two rights of his own. Bridgman pitched forward and fell on Milbury. The two regained their footing. Mel landed a partial connect and missed with a punch. Milbury landed a solid right cross.

Bridgman really let the punches fly. He was overwhelming Milbury with his hand speed. Mel landed two pretty good rights and a punch to the body. He landed a good shot to the head. Milbury was unable to mount any offense down the stretch. The two tumbled to the ice again and the refs broke up the bout.

I rate this as a clear win for Milbury. Bridgman was too much for Mike to handle. Milbury could not keep up with the superior hand speed and punching power of Bridgman. Mel handled him with ease.
 SarcasticPillow
20993 fight reviews
158 fight logs

Jan 8, 2013 19:46 ET
Mel Bridgman clear win Fun 
5
Mike Milbury grabs Paul Holmgren as he gets up from his fight with Terry O'Reilly and the linesmen struggle to break it up amidst a big melee. Milbury puts a headlock on Holmgren but is also grabbed by Mel Bridgman. Holmgren breaks free and Milbury goes down to the ice under Bridgman. Bridgman grabs at Milbury's face while they're down but then lets Milbury up. Bridgman gets up too and then squares off with Milbury. They grab hold of the other's sweater and Bridgman misses a right. Milbury just misses a right of his own before Bridgman misses a right, then Bridgman misses a right as Milbury misses a right and falls. Bridgman throws five rights and lands four as he gets up while Milbury gets up too but keeps his head down. Milbury then misses a right as Bridgman misses a right and then Bridgman misses a right. Milbury misses a right and Bridgman throws to rights after, landing one and then ducking underneath Milbury to get outside. Milbury gets turned around and falls, landing on top of Bridgman. Bridgman manages to get on top of Milbury as they wrestle on the ice but a linesman comes in and break them up. Alright tilt between these two scrappy players. Clear win Bridgman for landing more punches and controlling the fight.
 MarkV
396 fight reviews

Feb 15, 2006 07:57 ET
Mel Bridgman clear win Fun 
6
Milbury does not want anything to do with Bridgman and you can see it in his face. Milbury starts backpeddling around the net until he figures he can't flee. Milbury gets in close and Mel starts to hammer away at Milbury with lefts and rights. The ref see that this is a mismatch and try to break it up. As they fall to the ice Bridgman has Milbury in a choke hold from behind but lets go.
AGWolverine
143 fight reviews

Oct 23, 2007 12:15 ET
Mel Bridgman clear win Fun 
7
Mel and Milbury both go down at the start of the fight, but they get back up. Bridgman connecting 4 or 5 times and then takes Milbury down, kinda one-sided bout.
RedWingsWereTough
243 fight reviews

Apr 12, 2012 15:37 ET
Mel Bridgman clear win Fun 
6
Fred Cusack "Milbury is going to square off with Bridgman. And Mel Bridgman is a VERY good fighter" LOL
Give Milbury some credit, he flailed away as best as he could. It was fun to see him get tuned up like that considering he was running his mouth quite a bit at Bridgman when the linesmen were there. Incidentally, the scrum that lead to this fight has some moments of hilarity where Bridgman and Milbury are on the ground and Bridgman, who was built like a small tank, has Milbury locked up in some sort of leg grip from behind so that he is sort of seated behind him. If you focus on the two of them, you can see that Bridgman keeps messing with Milbury, putting his hand against his face, like a cat playing with a mouse it is too bored to eat. He has a real serious expression on his face as he messes with him.
itsJ.Millertime
12446 fight reviews

Aug 7, 2017 14:32 ET
Mel Bridgman clear win Fun 
6
Milbury flails away landing one minor blow while Bridgman works him over with several rights en route to a one sides clear win. I hate Milbury and it's always fun watching him get his ass kicked, no wonder he hates fighting so much.
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THEFIGHTDOCTOR
Jan 5, 2008 14:54 ET
Milbury looked like he was gonna cry!Reply
RedWingsWereTough
Apr 12, 2012 15:28 ET
Every time I see Milbury running his big mouth on TV, acting like this wild, take-no-prisoners tough guy from the old school, I remember this fight and the sudden realization that appears to take over Milbury's face that "Oh shit, there's no one to help me, I can't get the jump on the guy and the guy is Mel Bridgman and now I have to at least try and fight him in order to continue my charade of pretending to be tough and It's not going to go well for me" and I smile a whole lot.Reply
DerDiggler
May 4, 2012 16:54 ET
This is what happened when Millbury didn't have O'Reilly or Wensink to bail he out. He was an awful fighter.Reply
RedWingsWereTough
May 4, 2012 17:38 ET
Quote from message by DerDiggler
This is what happened when Millbury didn't have O'Reilly or Wensink to bail he out. He was an awful fighter.
He was a spastic. He'd throw wild bitchslaps at other low-level pretend tough guys. Faced with a real fighter, his true nature was revealed, LOL
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 Rick MacLeish  (Victim) 5'11'' 2175lb 30N/A
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LockMonster
Jun 3, 2012 02:14 ET
Milbury high sticked MacLeish inadvertently and caused the benches to empty, but no fights broke out. Milbury got a 5 minute major for it.Reply
LockMonster
Jun 12, 2012 02:19 ET
I actually uploaded that video. Thanks for posting it.Reply
LockMonster
Jun 12, 2012 02:22 ET
I actually uploaded this video to YouTube. Thanks for posting it!Reply

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