The grizzled fighter has been in his fair share of tussles, and after seeing his fight against up-and-comer Patrick Bordeleau (below), it’s clear that Calgary’s Brian McGrattan still has his touch (that touch being a pile-driving right-hand). McGrattan began his professional career in the American league, the way most enforcers do. In 2004-2005, the year of the NHL lockout, McGrattan had his most prolific fighting season, tallying 551 penalty minutes in just 71 AHL games played. With the extra media coverage and publicity the AHL gained during that year, he earned an NHL spot with the Ottawa Senators the following season. During his three years in Ottawa, McGrattan fought 37 times and earned a reputation as one of the best fighters in hockey.
After some problems with drugs and alcohol, McGrattan is more than three years clean and sober, and once again sits atop of the hockey food-chain.
Perhaps the best-overall fighter in the NHL, Lucic has a stunning 30-10-4 fighting record, according to hockeyfights.com, since joining the Boston Bruins as a 19-year-old. But, lately his offensive contributions have kept him out of the penalty box. He is averaging 17:19 of ice-time per-game, third most among Boston forwards.
Prust, a veteran of 91 NHL tilts, is known for often taking on much larger opponents. But, even with a size disadvantage, Prust has a winning fight record: 41-32-18 according to hockeyfights.com. He began his NHL career in Calgary, making a name for himself playing with McGrattan, who helped mold him into the world-class scrapper he is today.