Fighting skills of Joe Paterson in the 1984-1985 NHL

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Mar 21, 2017 09:51 ET
58After spending 4 years with the Detroit Red Wings who drafted him in 1979, Joe Paterson was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers the day before their 1984-1985 season began. Paterson would spend the whole season in the minors with their AHL affiliate in Hershey, only playing in 6 regular season games with the big club. However Paterson played in 17 of Philadelphia's 19 playoff games as he joined the team for their Cup run (he even contributed on the scoresheet with 7 points). The Flyers' tough guy was a very willing fighter, having 3 fights in the 6 regular season games, and he also fought 6 times in the playoffs as well. Paterson edged heavyweight Jimmy Mann as well as light-heavy Randy Moller who wasn't a good fighter. His other wins included clearly beating smaller middleweight Gord Dineen, and he also scored a clear decision over middleweight Duane Sutter. Paterson didn't have any losses and he drew with a few tough opponents. Paterson had draws against tough heavyweight Kevin McClelland, veteran Terry O'Reilly, and tough guy Brian Curran. Paterson also had a fight with Kirk Muller that was ruined by the officials and a fight with Paul Gillis but there is no footage posted of that scrap. Overall Paterson was a willing fighter but all of his wins were against inferior competition (aside from Mann), which is why he only has an average rating.

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