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Video: Contestants for Hockey Fights’ best bout of 2013

Jul 10, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

For a little more than a week, the Internet’s best pugilism index Hockey Fights.com has been collecting votes for a variety of 2013 season awards. (Feel free to peruse the list here, as there are some entertaining categories.)

The headliner, of course, is “Fight of the Year.” So far, a March 27 bout between Patrick Bordeleau and Brian McGrattan lead the pack, but let’s roll out all the contestants:

Colton Orr vs. Deryk Engelland, Jan. 23:

Aaron Volpatti vs. Matt Beleskey, Jan. 27:

This year’s “Vincent Lecavalier vs. Jarome Iginla,”: Jamie Benn vs. Joe Thornton, Feb. 23:

Bordeleau vs. McGrattan, March 27:

Eric Boulton vs. Colton Orr, April 18:

According to this list, McGrattan was involved in 2011-12′s best fight (vs. Jay Rosehill), while Boulton took the 2010-11 award for his bit of fisticuffs against John Erskine. So legacies are clearly on the line, here, folks.

One other side note: Benn vs. Thornton isn’t likely to win, but it produced one of the best photos of the abbreviated regular season (via Getty):

source: Getty Images

  1. broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Rinaldo knocking Crombeen out cold.

    • orangandblack - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      My guess, it was left out because it was so one-sided. Hard to call it a fight when one competitor doesn’t even fight back.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Then kept swinging when he was down. That was an embarrassment.

    Thornton and Benn because it’s Thornton and Benn!

    • bowman20 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      A fights over when one player “goes down” or they both stop and let the refs step in. Plenty of times one guy will fall and get up again. It’s called losing your balance. This isn’t football where you take a knee and the play is over. People need to stop pissing and moaning already.

    • sunderlanding - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Seriously? People are just voting for Benn and Thorton because they think it’s funny that two starts went at it, but this is the equivalent of voting for McClaren’s between the legs goal as goal of the year. It’s a novelty because you don’t see fighters score goals like that, but it’s not the goal of the year. I’m voting for Orr and Engelland. Two greats going at it!

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Actually it was a good ole fashioned whoopin’ that Zac laid on BJ. What was an embarrassment was the crying Crombeen did to the media after the fight. Its hockey. Man up or go sell insurance.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Thornton and Benn or the Thornton and Toews, lol

  4. mathieug79 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I gotta go with Benn and Thornton just because they are both the best players on their teams!

  5. sabatimus - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Either of the Colton Orr fights would do just fine for me, though I think the Engelland one was better.

  6. pirovash88 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Kyle Clifford knocking out Roman Polak.

  7. jr507 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Marty Martin KOs Kostopoulos, let’s him down light and waves for trainers. Class and power.

  8. afrozenpond - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Asham v. Glass I

  9. titansbro - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    Would be a great post if I could see the vids on the iPhone app.

  10. jacketsfan7 - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Thornton and benn

  11. laxman1944 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Colton Orr can certainly take a punch……man that cat is one tough sob.

  12. kingcobraman - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I would go with the Bordeleau& Mcgrattan …old time knuckle chucken…

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