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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

George McPhee fights Rick Tocchet

  This moment captured by YouTube shows what was right with the hockey world in the 1980s.  A little guy, George McPhee (5'9, 170) fighting a much larger man, Rick Tocchet (6'0, 210) and doing more than just holding his own.  Rangers/Flyers is an old Patrick Division rivalry.  There's also Referee Kerry Fraser's coif (he uses Paul Mitchell Hair Freeze).  There's the hockey hairdos of the Philadelphia Flyers' coaches.  And last, but not least, is the jawing from the bench.  This is the greatest moment I have ever seen from Glen Hanlon, the man most famous for allowing Wayne Gretzky's first NHL goal.

    When Hanlon was a kid, his father worked for the Vancouver Canucks, and he took little Glen out on the ice.  Glen went over to the Canucks' bench, sat down, and told his dad, "When I'm older, I'm going to sit here."  That he did, as he was the backup goalie in Vancouver for 4 of his 5 seasons there.  My only question is why Glen couldn't have shown that kind of passion when he was behind the bench for the Washington Capitals.

Here's another fight between McPhee and Tocchet, just for fun:

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