Each NHL team’s best fighter of all-time

UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER, 1992: Mick Vukota
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Hockey is a violent sport, and one of the things that comes with it is the fighting. Some love it, some hate it, but it doesn’t look set to leave the game anytime soon.

Fighting has long been a controversial aspect of the National Hockey League, dating back a few decades. Before that, it wasn’t uncommon to see a good ole’ fashioned donnybrook that included two full benches and, occasionally, a fan or two.

So which fighters are the best of the best? Which are historic in terms of their fighting for a given sweater? We tell you here…

SUNRISE, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Krystofer Barch
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Anaheim Ducks – George Parros

There were a few teams that did not have multiple big names when it came to dropping the gloves. Anaheim was undoubtedly one of these teams. While they didn’t have a lot to choose from, they did have one fairly solid choice: George Parros,

Parros played 474 games in the NHL with five different teams. However, where he really made his name was in Anaheim. He spent 355 of his 474 career games with the Ducks between 2006 and 2012.

He was well known to never shy away from a fight, and that is what kept him in the league all those years. Over the course of his bruising career he racked up an impressive 1,092 penalty minutes, with 812 of them coming during his time in Anaheim.

Those 812 penalty minutes with the Ducks is second all-time in franchise history, trailing only Corey Perry.

A great deal of those penalty minutes came from putting his fist to other players’ faces. He came to be known as one of the toughest men in the league during his playing career. And while he may not ever be considered an all-time great fighter, he does have a mustache worthy of praise.

Parros has used his particular set of skills and life experiences to stay involved with the NHL in retirement. Just a few months ago he was brought into the Department of Player Safety as the head of the department. It was a bit of a surprise to many, but he surely has relevant experience to translate to the position.