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01-19-2010, 07:13 PM
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what about bruce shoebottom?

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01-19-2010, 07:54 PM
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Link Gaetz - One scary SOB.
I first met Link back in the mid-1980's - great guy.

Too bad he suffered that serious head injury and permanent brain damage in the car accident back in the 1992 off-season. It was amazing that he could walk and talk let alone come back and play minor pro. The head injury also seemed to make him really volatile and he could go off without warning.

He was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars. "In the first round we drafted Mike Modano to protect the franchise," says Lou Nanne, then the general manager of the Stars. "In the second round we drafted Link to protect Mike. In the third we should've drafted a lawyer to protect Link."

He had some pretty good skills before his accident.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, a seven-time All-Star defenseman, played with Gaetz in San Jose during the 1991-92 season. "Link was big and strong and he could really move," says Wilson. "He probably had the hardest shot in the league. Comparing him to Derian Hatcher is quite fair."

Nick Fotiu who knows him well says "He should be one of the top 10 defensemen in the NHL right now."

Consider this - 326 PIMs in just 48 games with the Sharks in 1991-92 but he also put up 6 goals and 6 assists.

Link (aka The Missing Link) is without a doubt a true legend. Here is a great article on Link which begins:
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Whatever happened to Link Gaetz?

Every now and then, in locker rooms from Juniors all the way up to the NHL, you hear that question. And when the answer comes, a shocked response invariably follows: "You mean, he's still playing?" By which is meant: "You mean, he's still alive?"

Like other menaces from the Great North -- Big Foot, the Abominable Snowman, socialized medicine -- Gaetz inspires the kind of incredulous terror that makes you glad he's not in your hometown.

Not to say that he won't soon be, or wasn't recently. As with all legends, Gaetz lives a now-you-see-him, now-you-don't existence. He is the Grim Waldo of hockey, the fourth Hanson brother, with a drinking problem and a penchant for disappearing acts. Gaetz has played for at least 24 teams over the past 16 years and has been kicked off a good number of them, sometimes even banned from entire leagues. A menacing 6'3", 240 pounds when he's in shape, and a scarier 270 when he's not, the 35-year-old Gaetz has sent scores of players to the hospital and spent countless nights in jail. He is, by the account of anyone who's ever played against or with him, the meanest and scariest hockey player ever paid to skate.
http://www.sportsrant.com/link-gaetz-a1513.html

Link in his salad days with San Jose:


And now:

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01-19-2010, 07:56 PM
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He wasn't around for long but I think I put my money on THE MISS LINK GATEZ

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01-22-2010, 09:32 PM
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To me this discussion begins and ends with Bob Probert. Here would be my top 10.

Bob Probert
Dave Brown
Behn Wilson
Joey Kocur
Nick Fotiu
Tony Twist
Marty McSorley
Clark Gillies
Stan Jonathan
Tie Domi

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01-22-2010, 09:46 PM
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I saw Probert run from Twist. Twist was the top dog for a while. Maybe the best ever.

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01-22-2010, 11:01 PM
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01-22-2010, 11:07 PM
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Semenko or Dave Brown

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01-22-2010, 11:35 PM
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Dave Brown, meanest heavyweight ever. He flat out dominated guys with left uppercuts. Brown feared no one but was dodged by many. A champion that no one wanted to challenge.

Honorable mention to Probert and Joe Kocur. They were like the Jordan/Pippen of the NHL Tough guy scene. Those Red Wings teams were among the toughest I've ever seen.

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01-25-2010, 12:01 PM
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Didn't Howe only fight like a handful of times.
I think he had less than 10 or just over 10 fights in his career.

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01-25-2010, 12:28 PM
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Bob Probert in my opinion possessed all the qualities needed to be considered the greatest Heavyweight of all time.

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01-25-2010, 01:49 PM
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Chris Nilan be toughest guy to play for Montreal. So many of the top fighters would be so close on any given night either one could beat the other. Just too close to call

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01-25-2010, 01:58 PM
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Probert gets my vote

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01-25-2010, 02:18 PM
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Georges Laraque gets my vote.

He was a poor 'enforcer' because of his "code" but he was afraid of no-one and could whoop anyone.
In his prime he carved up every big name in the league.

Probert is the best "enforcer" but Laraque is the best fighter.

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01-25-2010, 02:22 PM
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01-25-2010, 02:54 PM
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Surprised no one here is even mentioning Georges Laraque or the fact that he could possibly hang with other guys brought up like Domi, Kocur, Nystrom, Manson, McSorley, Brown and even Probert. I'm not saying he'd beat a guy like Probert up but come on, wouldn't anyone want to at least see that fight? Especially in his Edmonton days, Laraque was winning every fight that came his way and having fun doing it. He's a massive individual and I think you have to at least list him with some of the big names.

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01-26-2010, 02:25 AM
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Tony Twist or Jim McKenzie

Both great fighters who rarely lost & didn't need drugs or coke to perform.
So Twist WASNT roided up to the gillds, you say?

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01-26-2010, 08:37 AM
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Gillies and Probert.

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01-26-2010, 09:37 AM
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No honorable mention for Rob Ray?

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01-26-2010, 09:42 AM
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Bob Probert, no question.

However, I also think Aaron Downey was a good fighter, even though his skill as a player/skater limited his ice time.

McCarty wasn't really classed as a heavyweight, but fought hard, and McSorley was also a fighter to behold.

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01-26-2010, 11:22 AM
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So Twist WASNT roided up to the gillds, you say?
Twist used to punch a cement floor as a way to "warm up" before games. Gotta think he was on something.

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01-26-2010, 10:30 PM
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No mention of Troy Crowder. Guy was a crap player, but I don't remember him ever losing a fight. Can't remember if he fought Probert or not, but I do remember him being the best fighter of the early 90's (vividly).

Also, Gordie Howe is very underrated. He pounded one of the best fighter of his era and I think no one dare to fight him after that.

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01-26-2010, 11:06 PM
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No mention of Troy Crowder. Guy was a crap player, but I don't remember him ever losing a fight. Can't remember if he fought Probert or not, but I do remember him being the best fighter of the early 90's (vividly).

Also, Gordie Howe is very underrated. He pounded one of the best fighter of his era and I think no one dare to fight him after that.
Troy Crowder had a hell of a rookie season. He TKO'd Probert in their first fight. Obviously, Probert was pissed and Probert won the highly anticipated rematch.

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01-26-2010, 11:59 PM
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Dave brown would beat the living hell out of anybody else mentioned in this thread. He is a man beast who was not very nice man.

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On the subject of Howe, I found this:

Howe had 22 fights in the NHL, according to a 2008 article by Jeff Marek on CBCsports.ca. He twice fought Toronto's Bill Ezinicki, one of the toughest NHL players of all time. He had three fights with Fernie Flaman, a rugged Hall of Fame defenseman. Rocket Richard went half-crazy after a fight with Howe, striking a referee and getting suspended. Howe's most famous fight was a toe-to-toe job with New York's Lou Fontinato, the NHL's toughest player, that left Fontinato's face mangled.

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