Theres some good names....Clark Giliies, Cairns, Trevor..etc...But Watch Martin grow from a youngster to where he is now..and will soon become...I am giving him the nod....lots of good things past and to come from #17
M I T C H F R I T Z !!
I know, I know but he was entertaining when the team was not.
He beat the likes of Laraque and Peters and he could change a lightbulb
Without a ladder. LETS GO ISLANDERS!! BEAT THE PENS!!
Gino Odjick was always one of my favorites.
he was only an Isle for a short time but he definitely was there for his teammates
Bob Nystrom too.
Gillies was no doubt the toughest but he wasn't a big fighter, Howatt and Nystrom did a lot more, but when gillies did it was devastating
I think Terry O'Reilly and Schultz among others would beg to differ.... He was a heavyweight who fought all the big boys and most would not tangle with him, when he let loose his punches flew fast and heavy.. Nystrom was an excellent fighter but I would consider a middleweight/lightheavy and Howatt a middle/light weight who had the heart but often lost to much bigger guys. Noone touched Bossy and got away with it with Gillies out there, JT could use a gillies who btw also scored over 90pts in one season.. People may have their favs, but I don't think there is a doubt who was the best with the isles
Jethro. Definitely our most complete and probably my favorite, but Pilon gets a sentimental for me. I remember Keith Jones fighting Pilon. Way later, in an interview, he said something like he thought, "It's a playoff game and I should fight someone during this scrum so I figured I'd fight Pilon because he had a visor on." LOL. He proceeded to get his butt tossed about the ice viciously. When he returned to the bench, he recalls, Dale Hunter () looked at him like he was crazy and told him, "What the hell are you doing? That is someone you never want to fight."
But if another Sutter was on the ice, I'd say a Sutter. Can you imagine any of the siblings in today's NHL going at it like the Sutter brothers?? lol. There's so much love today.
1)Clark Gillies- Best Islander's fighter of all time, period. And a Hall of Fame player to boot. He was the gentle giant, until you pissed him off. Typically his PIM's were under 100 every year, because most people were smart enough to not start fights with him.
2) Bobby Nystrom- Didn't win all of his fights, but he was an excellent fighter. Once saw him beat up Nick Fotiu, who hardly ever lost a fight.
3) Garry Howatt- Little known fact, Howatt at 5'8" once beat up the reigning heavy weight champ Dave Shultz. Great fighter for his size.
Trevor Gillies and Eric Cairns are two of my recent favorites, Mick Vukota was good too.
Yeah absolutely... I can't recall him ever winning a fight. But in a way, that made him tougher. He never avoided fighting anyone and he never gave up on a fight even if he was getting beat. Consequently, he could never be intimidated to change his style of play. I almost imagine him saying after getting a licking from the opposing tough guy... "good fight, as soon as I'm out of the box my shoulder is going to put your star forward into next week."
Well their is tough and their is guys that can fight.
Steve Webb was tough but was a human punching bag.
Aaron Asham wasn't the hitting machine like Webb but 1 heck of a middleweight, maybe 1 of the best ever.
Mick Vukota was a beast and I think partially demented. He had a very twisted look in his eyes.
Eric Godard (a older user name of mine) was real good.
Ken Baumgartner was a animal.
Matt Martin is good but I don't think he is a true heavyweight + we need him out their for other reasons.
Eric Cairns was OK, He would fight anyone but his fights were never "pretty". Loved what he did to Corson.
And then there's Maude...errr I mean Clark Gillies. Even Ranger fans cringe at the sound of his name. He was that big kid at your high school that wouldn't hurt a fly unless if you made him real angry. People didn't like him when he was angry. He not only protected but could score. I highly doubt we have, or will ever see a tougher S.O.B. that did it all quite like Jethro.
All of the obvious guys have been mentioned, and I concur...Gillies, Nystrom, Godard, T. Gillies, Howatt, etc.
I am a bit shocked no one mentioned Ken Belanger. He started out just dominating guys in fights. Then, he got knocked out by Paul Laus. He did come back to beat him, but he was traded soon therafter. He never became the dominant heavyweight that I thought he'd be. He actually was an AHL all star the year we traded Toronto for him. But, those were dark times for Islanders' fans.
Another guy I liked from the Cup years was Mats Hallin. He was not the first guy you'd think of as being tough, but he was!