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07-27-2013, 07:43 PM
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Potvin: 32 fights (.021 per game) vs Robinson: 32 fights (.017 per game).
Denis did 8 fights in 1973-74 and never did more than two fights per year after that.

Most of Potvin penalties were caused by hits. I don't remember him as a fighter.
Nystrom, Howatt and Gillies were the ones who fought. Later Sutter can aboard.
Yeah, I'd pick fights too if Nystrom, Howatt and Gillies had my back.

Plus it's not like people went out looking to fight Big Bird. That would have been a huge mistake.

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07-27-2013, 08:00 PM
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Don't agree.... most of his fights with us were wrestling matches.
I'm not sure where you got that impression from but you may want to re-think that.



Again, not the best enforcer while a Habs, but he was the best fighter. Got to give credit where credit is due.

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07-27-2013, 08:23 PM
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For me, it was John Ferguson and Chris "Knuckles" Nilan.

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My dad says John Ferguson for his generation and I would say Chris Nilan for mine. Ahough not enforcers, I would also like to give honourable mention to Larry Robinson,Lyle Odelin, Mike Mcphee and Craig Ludwig.

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For me, it was John Ferguson and Chris "Knuckles" Nilan.
I agree.
Ferguson was the nearest thing to a hockey boxer I ever saw. No grabbing just lefts rights and uppercuts a real boxing show on ice.
Nilan was a real tough guy but his thing was he was a lefty. In Nilan fights he just surprised so many with guys. Not just a lefty but a freaking good lefty. Tough as nails with a huge left cross. He hurt you bad if he landed that left. Once tagged by that left, you just had to stop and grab on for life.

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Nilan by a mile but someone whom I'm surprised hasn't had a mention is Dave "Charlie" Manson. I remember going to a game against the Bruins and watching them run around cheap shotting anything that moved (go figure). Manson then grabbed one of the small Bruins at center ice and beat the living **** out of him. He then skated over to their bench...pointed at the whole bench and waved come on....nobody even made a peep from their bench. I miss those days.

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Although not really an enforcer. Lyle Odelein was my personal favorite habs scrapper. One of my favorite habs in general as well. I loved Lyle.
I loved him as well. I wish we had a new version of him.He was a great body checker as well, he layed out many a Nordique and Bruin in those adam division days.

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Might not be the best enforcer or technical fighter out of the bunch, but Nilan is my favorite. Really respect him for all the **** he fought through. Would love to meet him one day.
I was lucky enough to get the chance. Very humble and friendly.

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Nilan.

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I'm shocked no one has mentioned Gilles Lupien. *LOL*

Has to be Fergy though. He was just plain downright "bad to the bone" MEAN.

Robinson was my fav, although I really liked Darren Langdon except he was too nice a guy, but pound for pound, he was about as good as it gets.

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I'm not sure I'd consider Robinson an enforcer, he was more like Chara, the kind of guy who only fought sporadically to make a statement. Like Dryden said, he would only really fight when people started forgetting how tough he was.

Anyway it's Nilan in my lifetime, Ferugson of all time. I also liked Odelein, because he wasn't just a fighter but a guy who played full-force to hurt at all times.


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Potvin: 32 fights (.021 per game) vs Robinson: 32 fights (.017 per game).
Denis did 8 fights in 1973-74 and never did more than two fights per year after that.

Most of Potvin penalties were caused by hits. I don't remember him as a fighter.
Nystrom, Howatt and Gillies were the ones who fought. Later Sutter can aboard.
I wouldn't call Potvin a fighter either, but he was dirtier and nastier than Robinson, hence the PIMs.

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Nilan, with a cult favorite of Mario Roberge.
Remember the 80s when both the Roberge brothers were brought up to fight the Bruins! Was a fun ride then!

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I can't recall seeing John Ferguson lose.

I wonder if many if the guys here not saying Fergy perhaps have never seen him fight.

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Enforcer isn't a term you should apply to Robinson. Guy was a great player and could take care of himself. But wasn't per se an enforcer.

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A little video showing Ferguson at work.........



He wasnt big but he could throw them.

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Enforcer isn't a term you should apply to Robinson. Guy was a great player and could take care of himself. But wasn't per se an enforcer.
Agreed. Zdeno Chara isn't an enforcer but he's one hell of a fighter. Same goes for Big Bird.

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Funny how I have a clear memory of watching Jean Beliveau's last season on tv on saturday nights with my dad, but have realy no memory at all of Furgeson.
Still, have respect for what he did at that time.
So, over the last 40 seasons, my all time favorite is Nilan. I cannot find footage of it, but there is a precise event at wich I was sooooooo proud.....he knocked out Terry O'Reilly with one puch, you could agrue that it was a cheap shot since O'Reilly was litteraly 'skating' into Nilan's fist.....Nilan was roughing up the bruin's goalie, and the referree were trying to split everybody up...here comes O'Reilly and out of nowhere Nilan lines him up.
Years of frustration being on the receiving end of cheap shots get served right back up to a bruins legend. Revenge at last.

A close second genuine enforcer is Kordic, the guy was absolutely scary...Probert kind of scary.
These few years with Nilan,Kordik,Corson,Lemieux,Chelios, and Craig 'the deadly elbow' Ludwig were some of my favorite seasons......yeahhh, call me and old fart, I am guilty 100%

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Laraque was the strongest and would destroy anyone getting mentioned, however he chose not to.

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Laraque was the strongest and would destroy anyone getting mentioned, however he chose not to.
I don't think Laraque could have beat John Kordic. John would be throwing bombs while fatty tries to grapple him.

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The best fighters were guys like Ewen and Roberge..Nilan was a great enforcer...

Check out the Habs beating the crap out of the Bruins here:

Ewen and Roberge..


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Funny how I have a clear memory of watching Jean Beliveau's last season on tv on saturday nights with my dad, but have realy no memory at all of Furgeson.
Still, have respect for what he did at that time.
So, over the last 40 seasons, my all time favorite is Nilan. I cannot find footage of it, but there is a precise event at wich I was sooooooo proud.....he knocked out Terry O'Reilly with one puch, you could agrue that it was a cheap shot since O'Reilly was litteraly 'skating' into Nilan's fist.....Nilan was roughing up the bruin's goalie, and the referree were trying to split everybody up...here comes O'Reilly and out of nowhere Nilan lines him up.
Years of frustration being on the receiving end of cheap shots get served right back up to a bruins legend. Revenge at last.

A close second genuine enforcer is Kordic, the guy was absolutely scary...Probert kind of scary.
These few years with Nilan,Kordik,Corson,Lemieux,Chelios, and Craig 'the deadly elbow' Ludwig were some of my favorite seasons......yeahhh, call me and old fart, I am guilty 100%
The hit by Ludwig that knocked out Trent Yawney - made me kinda sick at the time but he could sure punish .

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The best fighters were guys like Ewen and Roberge..Nilan was a great enforcer...

Check out the Habs beating the crap out of the Bruins here:

Ewen and Roberge..

I lol'd at the breezer part.

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Laraque was the strongest and would destroy anyone getting mentioned, however he chose not to.
I remember watching LeClair fighting in Buffalo one night, and he was an untamed beast. Players were saying he was the strongest player in the room, without question. But saying Laraque was the 'strongest' is a loaded question. Are you referring to benching, or physical strength? I'd refute his stregth against other players all day long.

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The hit by Ludwig that knocked out Trent Yawney - made me kinda sick at the time but he could sure punish .
yup, remember that elbow to the head.....Yawney was on his back, convulsing, and spitting out blood, and then nothing........I remember saying to my buddies ' I think he's dead ?'...probably the scariest thing after the Clint Malarchuck injury I ever saw in hockey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsd76r6qaY4


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