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“I’m not at all surprised that there’s this spirited debate about fighting in the aftermath of [the McDavid incident],” he said. “Any time a player of that prominence is in a fight it raises the subject of whether the sport needs that.
“The way I see it, fighting in the NHL is silly. Almost all of the fights are staged and I still don’t know what they accomplish. It’s their designated fighter against your designated fighter. It can be embarrassing.
“When I played, fighting was meant to intimidate the other players. It was more of a message. I don’t think it serves that purpose anymore. If someone fights Matt Martin, John Tavares is not going to be intimidated...."
-Mike Bossy on the fighting issue. More from Bossy by Larry Brooks of the New York Post plus a look at the "snubbing" of Eric Lindros for the HHOF.
The NHL’s arrival in Europe last week coincided with two exhibition games between the leagues teams and their Russian rivals; the KHL. First up was an aggressive affair between the Carolina Hurricanes and SKA St. Petersburg. In a role reversal between leagues, SKA came out playing aggressively, so much so, in fact, that Hurricanes coach, Paul Maurice pulled his star players; Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward from the game as it deteriorated into a slugfest which resulted in a 5-3 victory for SKA. The other interleague game featured the Phoenix Coyotes gaining a measure of revenge for the NHL, by defeating Dynamo Riga 3-1. The interleague games were part of a longstanding tradition of play between the NHL and Russia. With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at some of the most famous and infamous matchups between the two rivals.
1. The Montreal Canadiens versus Central Red Army
December 31st, 1975
This matchup featured the most successful franchises from the NHL and the former Soviet league as the Canadiens played host to the Red Army team. Montreal featured Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey among others against Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov. The level of play was as high as the 72’ Summit Series as the star players from each team were entering their prime. Despite outshooting Red Army 38-13, the Canadiens were forced to settle with a 3-3 tie, due to the outstanding play of Tretiak. This game would cement Tretiak’s longstanding relationship withe the city of Montreal, as the team would go on to draft the goaltender 138th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, despite Soviet players not being allowed to compete in the NHL.
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“It is when everyone is playing at their potential that great things can happen. It doesn’t mean that they will happen, but they can happen and it’s always a matter of having the right pieces of the puzzle that makes great teams. With the young kids that we have on our team and with the success that they’ve had individually in the last couple of years, they’re on the right path.”
-Mike Bossy on the New York Islanders. Much more at Islanders.com.
From the NY Islanders:
New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy will appear on Fox Business News’ morning show “Money For Breakfast” with host Alexis Glick on Wednesday from 7:00 AM – 9:00 am. Bossy will discuss the Islanders Business Club, the state of the Islanders corporate sponsorship and the NHL’s footprint in the business world.
“Talking to Alexis is going to be a fun time on Wednesday,” said Bossy. “It’s a great opportunity to tell the world about the Islanders Business Club and to talk about the state of the Islanders business affairs. I’m looking forward to it.”
Interview will be posted in the Fox Business video library, shortly after it appears on air.