Patrick Bordeleau of the Colorado Avalanche and Brian McGrattan of the Calgary Flames fought last night in one of the biggest heavyweight bouts that you’ll see all year. The NHL might be talking about getting rid of staged fights, and it’s instances like these that the league will be taking a long look at. Still, they aren’t illegal yet, so guys like Bordeleau and McGrattan still get to tell people they’re professional hockey players.
McGrattan is listed at 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 235 pounds. Bordeleau is 6-foot-6 and tips the scales at 220 pounds. You won’t see these two gentlemen scrap very often because, frankly, there are few players in the NHL that can hang with them when it comes to fisticuffs.
This isn’t the first time that these two have met in the squared-circle. In fact, it’s more or less a carbon copy of the last time that the two met up. Close the eyes and throw big right-hand bombs.
So what do you think? Do you like staged fights like these when they seem to add little to nothing to the game in and of itself? Are they truly a part of the DNA of the game? Or are these scraps relics of a time gone by as the NHL continues to go to war with the warrior mentality that seems to have taken the league over?
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