The new year is here which means it’s time for resolutions and new beginnings. It’s a time for inspiration and productivity. Or … it’s as good a time as any to do the one thing we know you love – watch some really good hockey fights.
5. Colin Miller (BOS) vs Miles Wood (NJ)
Can we stop for one second and appreciate what a great hockey name “Miles Wood” is? OK, now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the fight. This wasn’t a long fight, but the intensity and Wood’s reaction were worthy of a spot on this list.
4. Tom Wilson (WAS) vs Luke Gazdic (NJ)
Gazdic wanted a piece of Wilson and he made the most of his opportunity. The fight may not make up for Wilson’s questionable hit or the score, but it probably made Gazdic feel a lot better.
3. Wayne Simmonds (PHI) vs Kevin Bieksa (ANA)
Bieksa and Simmonds have a thing about starting off new years with a scrap. The two opened up January of 2015 with a fight and they did the same thing to start off 2017. Simmonds’ year didn’t start off too well as Bieksa was the victor, but we’re left wondering if this will be a regular New Year’s tradition.
2. Matt Calvert (CBJ) vs Mathew Dumba (MIN)
1. Josh Anderson (CBJ) vs Chris Stewart (MIN)
Two of the best fights this week came from the same marquee battle between the Blue Jackets and Wild. Yes, we really did call a regular season game between these two teams a marquee battle and it wasn’t with an ounce of irony. What a strange time we live in. Anyway, Dumba is the big winner here and we’re happy to say the clash between the unbeatable teams lived up to the hype.
Stewart and Anderson had a great battle and though the Blue Jackets emerged with their streak intact, we’re going to have to give this one a draw as it was that good.
A special “thank you” to HockeyFights.com for being an amazing resource for hockey fight videos.