Top NHL Fighters by Weight Class

SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT

Brian McGrattan

McGrattan

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.

HEAVYWEIGHT

Milan Lucic

Lucic

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.

MIDDLEWEIGHT

Brandon Prust

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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.

Unsettling Trend at THN

I have been increasingly disappointed in the opinions expressed by The Hockey News.  I am a 20-year-old from the US and there is very little hockey coverage where I live.  I live and breathe hockey, so five years ago when I saw an ad for the magazine I immediately subscribed.  I haven’t always agreed with all of their writers, especially Ken Campbell, but I respected the wide range of opinions in the publication.  I was very disappointed when Eric Duhatschek stopped writing the Overtime page forcing me to read Ken Campbell’s insulting pieces every week.

Still none of these things made me particularly upset at the magazine as a whole, just Ken Campbell, who I still recognize as a skilled writer.  What has brought me to this point of overwhelming frustration is the recent piece on 100 People of Power and

Mike Milbury

Influence in Hockey. Mike Milbury, who I believe to be either a blow-hard while on CBC or a puppet during his shifts on NBC, a person who has no real use on national television, was given credit for “stirring the pot,” while  not-surprisingly  Don Cherry was criticized and disrespected for the n’th time.  Still none of this surprised me enough to write about or complain, but the comments regarding Ron

MacLean, who apparently “fawns over Cherry” crossed the line.

MacLean is the most intelligent, insightful and devoted host of any hockey broadcast in North America, including TSN, Sportsnet, (both of which I regularly watch even though I live in the United States) and any excuse for a hockey broadcast in the states.

Ron MacLean

He regularly promotes Canadian culture and does a tremendous job covering our game on Hockey Day in Canada every year.  He has earned eight Gemini awards for his work on CBC and all that The Hockey News staff could come up with to fill his section is that he is “an effective point guard” and that he hosts Battle of The Blades.  The magazine is becoming more and more biased, not only against fighting, hitting, and toughness in hockey, but also the people in our sport who support these things that have helped define our game since March 3, 1875.