Dec 20, 1953
Montreal - NY Rangers1-3

Summary Of Events
1  35:20  Line Brawl    
2  35:20  Fight  Masnick-Chrystal
3  35:20  Fight  Geoffrion-Murphy
4  35:20  Injury   2 players 
5  35:20  Crowd Trouble    

Line Brawl at 35:20
Montreal PlayersNY Rangers Players
Duration N/A  Emile "Butch" Bouchard  Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion  Tom Johnson  Eddie Mazur     Aldo Guidolin  Ivan Irwin  Ron Murphy   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: N/A
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13275 fight reviews

Oct 9, 2015 20:31 ET
This was a wild scene. The Rangers and Habs had a great rivalry. Tempers began to flare. The men got the sticks up along the boards and the trouble started. The benches didn't clear. It was a line brawl situation. The men all got the sticks up rather than engaging in fist fights. Not all of the players were identifiable, but certain things were apparent.

Eddie Mazur, Butch Bouchard, Tom Johnson, and Boom Boom Geoffrion all were involved for the Rangers. Bep Guidolin, Ron Murphy, and Ivan Irwin were involved for the Rangers. Bouchard had his stick taken by an official. A Rangers player and a Canadiens player traded one blow apiece. Nothing effective landed.

Geoffrion and Murphy squared off as the refs were breaking up the fight nearby. Boom Boom laid out Murphy with a brutal stick attack. Murphy was out cold. Guidolin attempted to swing at Geoffrion, but his blow missed. Eddie Mazur had his stick up in a menacing position and chased down Bep. Mazur didn't swing the stick.

The commentator of the footage said that the fans at MSG were gathering in the back of the arena. It didn't help matters that rumors spread that Murphy died in the dressing room. The commentator said that it was fortunate that Geoffrion didn't try to leave the arena. He doubted that he would have made it past the crowd to Eighth Avenue.
Oct 9, 2015 20:20 ET

Brawl starts at 3:05 mark
Oct 9, 2015 20:42 ET (later updated)
3:05 - 5:17
Feb 13 17:03 ET
Do you know who were the two players fighting around the 3:56 mark of the video? Threw a couple of punches then wrestled to the boards and flipped over?Reply
Feb 15 17:08 ET
I have no idea who they are, sorry.Reply
Feb 16 02:07 ET
MTL 1, NYR 3

1st Team Penalty
00:50 NYR Andy Bathgate Hi-sticking
05:44 MTL Butch Bouchard Interference
10:49 MTL Maurice Richard Roughing
10:49 NYR Jack Evans Roughing
13:35 MTL Calum MacKay Hooking
14:35 NYR Hy Buller Slashing
18:34 NYR Jack Evans Interference

2nd Team Penalty
00:50 MTL Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion Tripping
08:39 NYR Don Raleigh Tripping
15:20 MTL Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion Hi-sticking
15:20 MTL Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion Attempt to injure
15:20 NYR Bob Chrystal Hi-sticking
15:20 NYR Ron Murphy Attempt to injure

3rd Team Penalty
00:54 MTL Doug Harvey Hooking
00:54 MTL Doug Harvey Misconduct
10:19 NYR Eddie Kullman Hooking
18:10 NYR Leo Reise Charging
18:10 NYR Leo Reise Misconduct

Referees Red Storey
Linesmen Doug Davies, Dominick Baolto

Fight at 35:20
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Paul Masnick 5'9'' 3165lb 15N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Bob Chrystal 6'0'' 3180lb 15N/AN/AN/A
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Fight at 35:20
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion 5'9'' 2170lb 15N/AN/AN/AA Lot
 Ron Murphy 5'11'' 2185lb 15N/AN/AN/A
Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion suspended for 8 games
Ron Murphy suspended for 5 games
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137 fight reviews

Aug 10 02:38 ET
Outcome: N/A Fun 
I had heard and read references to the Bernie Geoffrion-Ron Murphy stick swinging affair, but never knew that there was any related footage. It's almost surreal to see this incident come to life - and it proves to be every bit as sickening as one might have expected. After a fairly spirited scrum erupts between the Rangers and the Habs, Murphy and Geoffrion get into a spat with a linesman in between them. Murphy has his stick in his hand and Geoffrion picks up a stick from the ice. Some jousting begins, which is menacing enough to prompt the linesman to move somewhat to the side.

At this point, Geoffrion takes a vicious, baseball-like swing that connects with Murphy's head. The New York rookie crumples to the ice and lies motionless, suffering from a concussion and a broken jaw.

After spending several years as the NHL's patsies, the 53-54 Rangers had tried to remedy the situation. Two weeks into the season, Allan "Sonja" Stanley was sent to the minors and was replaced by a more rugged defenceman, Ivan Irwin. Former junior penalty-king-turned-pacifist, Hy Buller, was dropped in favor of lantern-jawed Jack Evans mid-way through the campaign. If this clip is any indication, these changes either weren't significant enough or didn't occur with sufficient speed.

After Murphy is felled, one Ranger gave Geoffrion a push. Irwin, who was on the ice at the time, did exactly nothing ....... and nobody left the New York bench. Boom Boom, who deserved much worse, gets a free pass here.
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Jul 27, 2014 14:20 ET
Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion win by KO Fun 
Holy shit! Unfair KO seeing as he hit him with the stick. Jesus christ though, thats a lifetime ban from the 70's on I feel like
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Mar 14, 2016 10:13 ET
Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion win by KO Fun 
God damn that was some sick ass stuff, and some people think hockey in the 50s was tame?
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Jan 15, 2017 14:08 ET
Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion win by KO Fun 
Jul 12, 2007 16:55 ET
Quote from message by Normand Brodeur (from his e-mail)
On Dec 20th, 1953. Ron Murphy vs Boom Boom Geoffrion in a hockey stick duel. results: a brain concussion and fracture of the upper left jaw for Murphy and cuts Geoffrion's head.
Jun 8, 2010 16:38 ET
Here's and excerpt from an article in the Ottawa Citizen Dec 29, 1953, describing this incident:

"Late in the second period, (Bernie) Geoffrion, who was carrying the puck, and Bob Crystal, who was checking him, came into collision along the boards, Both dropped their sticks and started wrestling, which was quickly broken up by the linesmen, and all the players of both teams then on the ice quickly gathered around, pushing and shoving each other.

'In this milling, Murphy, who was in possession of his stick, and Geoffrion, who had neither stick nor gloves, got into an altercation, and linesman Dom Baolto moved in quickly to separate them and to grab Murphy's stick. Geoffrion was attempting to punch Murphy, who was out of range by reason of the linesman being in the way, and Murphy was attempting to reach over the top pf the linesman's head and shoulder to hit Geoffrion with his stick.

'At first the lineman was not successful in getting hold of Murphy's stick, and even after he did so he was not able to control its movement with his own hand and in the course of the tussle, Geoffrion was hit on the right side of the head opening a cut which subsequently required four stitches.

'Murphy continued to try and free his stick from the linesman' grip and finally jerked it out of his hand. Apparently at the same instant the linesman lost his grip on Geoffrion's sweater, and Geoffrion quickly picked up a loose stick which was right at his feet and started to circle out of range of the linesman's reach and headed for Murphy.

'He took a terrific two-handed overhead swing at Murphy but missed and his stick struck the ice. He immediately followed with another two-handed baseball swing which struck Murphy on the left side of the face and Murphy fell to the ice. During this part of the incident Murphy was facing Geoffrion and attempted to ward off the blow with his stick. Geoffrion then threw away his stick and this part of the incident ended.

'Subsequent medical examination showed that Murphy had suffered a fracture of the upper left jaw near the ear and a severe concussion which the medical report states will incapacitate him for the balance of the season.' "

Bernie Geoffrion was later suspended for eight games and Ron Murphy for five games by league president Clarence Campbell.
Apr 23, 2011 07:15 ET
Bob Chrystal (NYR),Bernie Geoffrion (MTL) - minor and match.
Ron Murphy (NYR) - match.
Sep 2, 2011 23:19 ET
oh man this is nasty stuff. There's a clip of it on youtube, see if this works:

Jun 2, 2017 19:32 ET
Holy smokes... Crazy crazy stuff. I'm not sure how this should entered in the database. Maybe an unfair fight because a weapon was involved?Reply
Nov 12, 2017 17:56 ET
Geoffrion received a unique suspension : 8 games against the Rangers. In other words he was allowed to play the Canadiens next game, unreal!Reply
Feb 13 16:58 ET
That is not a fight per the site's rulesReply

Injury at 35:20
Montreal PlayersNY Rangers Players
Duration N/A  Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion     Ron Murphy   
# Players Involved: 2
Blood: A Lot
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Aug 12, 2012 09:56 ET
Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion was one of the best goal scorers in NHL history. He earned his nickname by virtue of his devastating slap shot. Bernie virtually invented the new weapon. He was one of the great snipers of his era. Goalies without masks were in fear whenever Geoffrion wound up with his signature shot.

Geoffrion was not known as a fighter, although he was a rugged guy who could handle the rough play. He showed on this occasion that he was capable of hurting a guy if he was provoked. Ron Murphy was a young player for the Rangers. He really got under Bernie's skin in this game. The result was that the two engaged in one of the most brutal stick fights in NHL history.

The clip posted on DYG is short and does not show what led up to the stick-swinging rampage. Fortunatley, a DYG contributor has posted a excerpt from a newspaper article from the Ottawa Citizen. This is an illuminating description of what happened on that fateful day.

Apparently, Bob Crystal got into a wrestling match with Bernie. The article describes this encounter as routine and not particularly eventful. Trouble started when Murphy went after Geoffrion in retaliation. He refused to drop his stick. A linesman tried to get the stick away from Murphy.

Geoffrion was trying to throw punches at Ron. He was unsuccessful because the official was in the way trying to get Murphy's stick. Ron managed to hold on to his stick and he hit Bernie in the side of the head, which opened up a small cut. Geoffrion went ballistic at this point. He grabbed his stick and was seeing red. He was looking to put some hurt on Murphy.

At this point, the video clip shows the brutal stick-swinging affair. Bernie swung with three vicious two handers. Murphy was able to block the first two. The third landed right on his jaw and dropped him to the ice. Ron was badly hurt and had a broken jaw as a result of the attack.

This was one of the brutal stick-swinging attacks in NHL history. Murphy brought trouble on himself by refusing to drop his stick and settle his dispute with his fists. He was doomed once he drew first blood with his stick on Geoffrion. This does not justify what Bernie did. However, in the heat of combat fear will make a man do horrible things.

Murphy missed several games recovering from his injuries. The Rangers sent him to the minors to teach him the lesson that he would not survive long in the NHL if he got into dangerous stick fights. Ron was chastened and came back the next year with the club. Murphy went on to have a long and productive NHL career. He made the all-star team and won a Stanley Cup in Chicago in 1961.

Geoffrion went on to have a legendary career. He was not a troublemaker on the ice. He learned to control his temper after this isolated incident. Bernie was the second man to score 50 goals in a NHL season. He was on six Stanley Cup winners. He won two scoring titles and one MVP award.

Bernie was criticized because he won the scoring title in 1955 after Maurice "Rocket" Richard went on a sustained stick-swinging rampage. Many fans in Montreal held a grudge against him. I can't understand the mentality behind this. What was Geoffrion supposed to do, not try to score for the remainder of the year. His case reminds me of the flak Roger Maris took for beating Babe Ruth's record for home runs in a season and beating out Yankees crowd-favorite Mickey Mantle.

Geoffrion was made of strong stuff. He let the criticism and jealousies roll off his back. He had a phenomenal NHL career. He made it to eleven all-star games. He may have had a hard time emerging from the shadow of Rocket Richard, but he became a legend in his own right. Bernie was one of the great snipers in NHL history. The stick fight with Murphy was an anomaly in his career. He was a good guy and a class act.
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Jul 27, 2014 14:20 ET
Aug 12, 2012 14:13 ET
Hey no.7 should this remain a separate event or should BattleshipRules' review be moved to the fight above (I'm assuming that such stick-fights are considered fights under events here)?Reply
Jan 13, 2013 13:49 ET
I'd leave this as it is.Reply

Crowd Trouble at 35:20
Montreal PlayersNY Rangers Players
Duration N/A  Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion      
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: N/A
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Jul 15, 2013 17:43 ET
As Geoffrion left the ice to go to the dressing room, a person in the crowd, standing in the aisle above him, tried to attack the Montreal player. Upon seeing this the Canadiens bench immediately cleared. The players attempted to get at the spectator but were prevented from doing so by the Garden police. The Garden fans then began hurling beer cans at the ice, nearly hitting the Rangers Ivan Irwin with one.

Info from the Montreal Gazette.

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