There's nothing quite like a goalie fight in the NHL. They usually occur when there's a brawl, and one of the goalies decides to get involved and leaves the other tender absolutely no choice but to join the fray as well. Even though all ten skaters are engaged in their own battles, as soon as the goalies square off, it's as if they take center stage and everything else comes to a halt. There's been some doozies over the years, and for the most part it's been good clean fun with nobody getting badly hurt (there are a few exceptions that will make the list).
Unfortunately, goalie fights are most likely going to be phased out from here on in. Ray Emery basically ruined the fun for everybody when he skated the length of the ice and assaulted Capitals goalie Braden Holtby for no apparent reason. Since that ugly incident, the NHL has instructed the linesmen to immediately step in and intercept the goalies before they start chucking the knuckles. We recently saw an example of this when Peter Budaj and Marc-Andre Fleury decided to "get their flippers off" and were promptly stopped in their tracks. Goalie fights are a lot of fun when both goalies are willing combatants or when a goalie gets involved as a third man in and the opposing goalie skates the length of the ice to even the odds. But what Emery did was just ridiculous, and it's tough to blame the league for trying to crack down on goalie fights because of it. Having said all that, Emery will however make the list for another one of his skirmishes! Buckle up, here are the top 10 NHL goalie fights of all time.
10 Miikka Kiprusoff vs Tomas Vokoun
9 Brent Johnson vs. Rick DiPietro
8 Dan Cloutier vs. Tommy Salo
Dan Cloutier was the most underrated goalie fighter in the NHL, the problem is most of his tilts occurred in the minor leagues so he lunacy tended to fly under the radar. Nevertheless, he put beat downs on Tampa Bay's goalie Sean Gauthier in a preseason game as well as Steve Passmore of the Chicago Blackhawks. Dwayne Roloson also literally hid behind the linesman when Cloutier challenged him.
7 Patrick Lalime vs Byron Dafoe
6 Garth Snow vs. Steve Shields
5 Janne Hurme vs. Felix Potvin
4 Ray Emery vs. Martin Biron/Andrew Peters
We've given Ray Emery a hard time so far, now it's time for some love. We saw another first here during the bout(s). It all came to came to fruition during a "chippy" game, when Lindy Ruff felt that Bryan Murray sent Chris Neil out on the ice to level Chris Drury. Ruff responded by putting his goons out there, immediately going after the Sens that were on the ice. The tenders basically nodded at each other and met at center ice. You have to give Martin Biron credit for how game he was as he fully knew he was about to get lit up.
3 Patrick Roy vs. Chris Osgood
This brawl came out of nowhere. It seemed as though all the bad blood had simmered between these two teams. They had arguably the most infamous brawls in league history the year before and one would think they got the aggression out of their system, but apparently not. The Wings and Avs locked up in the 1998 playoffs, and what looked to be a normal scrum turned into "round 2."
2 Ron Hextall vs. Felix Potvin
The hockey world let out a collective gasp when Ron Hextall suddenly turned into a speed skater as he went the length of the ice in record time to go fight Felix Potvin. Absolutely nobody thought this would end well for The Cat. If you've never seen a goalie fight, but have been reading this article, you probably don't think this will end well for him based on his performance against Janne Hurme.
1 Patrick Roy vs. Mike Vernon
In a brawl that was nicknamed; "Bloody Wednesday, Fight Night at the Joe," Patrick Roy and Mike Vernon squared off in the most talked about goalie fight in the leagues history.
Lets set the stage for you guys. In the 1996 playoffs, Claude Lemieux delivered one of the most dirty hits of all-time to Wings forward Kris Draper. As Draper was a mere two feet from the his bench and Lemieux shoved him from behind which drove Draper faced first into the boards. He ended up needing reconstructive facial surgery to repair the damage.
The following season, Lemieux wasn't in the lineup for the first three meetings between the Avs and Wings. But it seemed like the dust had settled in regards to the incident between Draper and Lemieux. In the 4th meeting, Lemieux was in the lineup and Darren McCarty clearly hadn't forgotten about it. He grabbed Lemieux and pummeled him, and even kneed him in the head (3:55 of the brawl video). Lemieux confirmed on Off the Record that he still has a bump on his head due to that knee from McCarty. As Lemieux was getting rag dolled, Roy raced out to go help out his teammate and goes airborne as he somehow runs into both Brendan Shanahan and Adam Foote. Roy and Vernon ultimately lock up and start throwing bombs. Very difficult for Roy to get going as he got tangled up and could not get his glove off. He recently admitted in an interview (ironically with Chris Osgood), that he still wishes he would have gotten his mitt off. Nevertheless, the 5'8 Vernon bloodied the much bigger Roy in the most famous goalie fight of all time!
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