Jan 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wingGabriel Landeskog
(92) and defensemanJan Hejda
(8) fight Minnesota Wild centerKyle Brodziak
(21) in the third period at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
When the Colorado Avalanche host the Minnesota Wild on October 8, for opening night, we’re probably hoping to see some fights. Now, it’d be great if the fights were on the ice and not in the stands — more on that later. It’d also be great that any frustrated fights would be because Colorado was shutting out Minnesota.
A lot of sports writers have opinions about fights — negative ones. I still buy into the philosophy that fighting in hockey has a time and a place — and that time and place is whenever rivals meet. I think a full-on fist fight on the ice prevents some of the pent up ugliness that leads to true injuries.
That and $7 will get you a beer at the Pepsi Center. However, many hockey players state fighting has a place in the game.
We’re not going to argue the efficacy of fighting in this post. Instead, we’re going to celebrate the top five fights between the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild.