Sep 15, 1989
Preseason
Los Angeles - Quebec3-3 OT

Summary Of Events
1  N/A  Fight  Miller-Guerard
2  N/A  Fight  McSorley-Kimble
3  N/A  Fight  Baumgartner-Smyth

Fight at N/A
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Jay Miller 6'2''  210lb 12N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Stephane Guerard 6'2''  198lb 12N/AN/AN/A
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 Fight at N/A
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Marty McSorley 6'1'' 1235lb 30N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Darin Kimble 6'2'' 1205lb 30N/AN/AN/A
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May 8, 2016 19:08 ET
Marty McSorley narrow win Fun 
7
Young heavyweight Darin Kimble is looking to make a name for himself. After playing 26 games with the Quebec Nordiques the previous season (getting into 10 fights along the way), Kimble is looking to crack the NHL lineup permanently. One factor that is in his favor is the Nordiques have no legitimate enforcer. Their main tough guy Gord Donnelly was traded to the Winnipeg Jets the previous season. Quebec had several tough players on their roster including Trevor Steinburg, Steven Finn, and Randy Moller but none are actual enforcers. However entering the 1989-1990 season, Steinburg ends up buried in the minors and Randy Moller has been traded to the New York Rangers. The Nordiques are in need of toughness which is a perfect situation for young guys that are hungry like Kimble and light heavyweight Ken McRae.

Kimble takes on one of the toughest heavyweights in the league in the preseason in Marty McSorley. This is not the first time these two men have met. In a game between Quebec and Los Angeles the previous March, the two men dropped the gloves to go at it. However the linesmen grabbed both of them and would not allow them to get at each other. Now in the preseason, the two men have the chance to settle their unfinished business. McSorley is a real test for the young Kimble as he is one of the top fighters in the league.

The two men don't waste anytime, engaging in a toe-to-toe battle behind the Kings' net. McSorley gets the upper hand initially, tagging Kimble with seven straight right hands. Many fighters would have been overwhelmed but Kimble was a very resilient fighter and he rallies. Kimble misses with a left but then cranks McSorley with a solid punch. McSorley gets another punch or two in but he takes several lefts from Kimble who has come alive. McSorley slips out of his jersey and he lands a couple more rights. Kimble switches to his right, connecting with two blows. Kimble lands one more right before McSorley slips on a stick and goes to the ice.

McSorley managed to slightly outpoint Kimble to come away with the narrow win. However Kimble performed admirably here. He staged a comeback after absorbing several early blows (much like his first fight with Dave Brown later this year), and managed to make the fight close. Although he came out the loser, Kimble demonstrated he was no pushover as he took on one of the tougher guys in the league and gave him a run for his money.

Kimble would go on to become a regular with the Nordiques this season. He still played 18 games in the minors but spent the majority of the year in the NHL. One of his major highlights this season (and in his career) was scoring a shocking TKO win over the champion Dave Brown. Kimble performed his enforcer role quite well in the 1989-1990 season. However the following year he would be traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for another up and coming enforcer Tony Twist. Kimble would bounce around in the league after that, playing only one full season in St. Louis before having stops in Boston, Florida (briefly), and finally Chicago.

Although he did not have a lengthy career, Kimble proved to be a tough heavyweight who could beat top notch opponents. He scored impressive stoppage wins over premier heavyweights like Dave Brown and Troy Crowder (ending Crowder's undefeated streak). Darin proved to have a hard punch and he could inflict some damage if he connected first. Unfortunately Kimble suffered a badly fractured right hand after a car accident in early September of 1992 before he had even suited up for a game with Boston. Although Kimble came back and played 3 more seasons in the NHL, his fighting ability was never the same. After his last stop in Chicago, Kimble would bounce around in the minors for 7 more years before finally retiring.

Fight fans will remember Darin for his impressive wins against superior heavyweights like Brown and Crowder. Additionally he put in several other good showings. Kimble managed to drop other tough guys including Stu Grimson, Francois Leroux, and Basil McRae. He also defeated guys like: John Kordic, Jay Miller, Rob Ray, Mario Roberge, Mike Peluso, and Craig Coxe. Kimble's time in the NHL may have been brief, but it was certainly memorable. Although he wasn't really a top 10 guy for maybe more than a season or two, he was certainly no slouch and could take out guys that underestimated him. Kimble was a very tough fighter.
 BattleshipRules
12536 fight reviews

Jul 28, 2013 13:06 ET
Marty McSorley narrow win Fun 
7
This was a good bout. Kimble landed an average blow. Marty started strong. He landed a solid connect and three average right hands. He missed a few blows. Kimble missed three right hands. He switched to the left. McSorley landed a solid right.

Darin missed a punch, landed a decent blow, and landed a solid hook. Marty landed a decent blow and an average punch. He missed a punch. Kimble landed a solid connect and an average shot. Marty got his right foot on a stick and slipped to the ice.

I rate this as a narrow win for McSorley. He landed a few more blows. Both guys landed some effective shots. Kimble was coming on a bit towards the end. Marty clearly lost his balance by tripping on a stick. He maintained the narrow edge by virtue of landing more punches in the tussle.
JimMcKenzie
3935 fight reviews

Aug 18, 2006 15:26 ET
Marty McSorley narrow win Fun 
7
Toe to toe, McSorley landed harder.
re
9287 fight reviews

Jan 1, 2007 11:52 ET
Marty McSorley narrow win Fun 
8
Good toe to toe fight McSorley lands harder and more
mullet
19528 fight reviews

May 13, 2007 05:01 ET
Marty McSorley narrow win Fun 
7
Good toe to toe action behind the net. McSorley lands more.
TheDanLine
10024 fight reviews

Nov 6, 2016 16:52 ET
Marty McSorley narrow win Fun 
8
supersonic
4483 fight reviews

Mar 20, 2017 09:20 ET
Marty McSorley narrow win Fun 
7
47tooter
77 fight reviews

Mar 30, 2017 08:57 ET
Marty McSorley clear win Fun 
7
Good effort by Marty . Darrin is a top tier fighter and goes toe 2 toe but this time Marty got his arm free of the sleeve for a huge advantage . Darrin started chucking them but McSorley just nailed him square in the face many times and Kimble was force to retreat .
itsJ.Millertime
10406 fight reviews

Jul 10 14:07 ET
Marty McSorley clear win Fun 
7
Good fight with a bit of toe to toe, McSorley really landed some hard rights in this fight but Kimble was his usual hard nosed self and fought back landing a few blows himself, close but McSorley got the better of the fight and earns the win.
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SarcasticPillow
Apr 22, 2012 18:40 ET
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 Greg Smyth 6'4'' 3235lb 30N/AN/AN/A
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