Hockey Fights of the Week: 12/1 – 12/7

The 2014-15 season may be remembered as the season in which the sport of hockey pushed away from fighting. Players are still dropping the mitts, but they are doing so at a greatly reduced rate. Last season we typically were reviewing 20-30 fights each week and now we’re lucky if we have 15 or more. While disappointing, we’re lucky to still be treated to a few outstanding scraps each week.

5. Derek Dorsett (VAN) vs Chris Neil (OTT) – Dec. 7th

We already covered this fight, but it’s worth seeing again simply for the bizarre scene after the officials break things up. Dorsett wasn’t happy after Neil landed a late punch and then tried to pump up the crowd.

4. Dalton Prout (CBJ) vs Shawn Thornton (FLA) – Dec. 4th

This fight was probably about as entertaining as it could be considering both men looked like they were swimming in their sweaters and equipment. We’ll go ahead and call this one a draw, but Thornton seemed to land a few more punches.

3. Nate Thompson (ANA) vs Keith Ballard (MIN) – Dec. 5th

Ballard isn’t a pushover, but Thompson completely overwhelms him in this one. Ballard appears content to lean as far away as possible as Thompson drops bomb after bomb.

2. Zemgus Girgensons (BUF) vs Cedric Paquette (TB) – Dec. 4th

There’s a lot going on during this altercation which may take away from its overall rating, but this is a great fight between one of the best names in hockey (Girgensons) and Paquette. We have no problem with the game removing all of the staged fighting, but this is a perfect example of the bouts we love.

1. Luke Gazdic (EDM) vs Anthony Peluso (WIN) – Dec. 3rd

The Gazdic-Peluso feud continues. The fight above is the fourth time the two men have battled over the last six years. They’ve tangled in 2008, 2010, 2012 and now 2014. By our count, we should expect a rematch in 2016. Stay tuned.

Previous Installments:

November 24th – November 30th

November 17th – November 23rd

November 10th – November 16th

November 3rd – November 9th

October 27th – November 2nd

October 20th – October 26th

October 8th – October 19th

Best Fights from 2013-14

A big “Thank you” to Hockey Fights, our #1 resource for hockey fight videos.

About David Rogers

Editor for The Comeback and Contributing Editor for Awful Announcing. Lover of hockey, soccer and all things pop culture.