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by George Malik on 03/26/13 at 02:26 PM ET
The Red Wings and Darren McCarty have reminded us that today marks the 16th anniversary of, "The Brawl in Hockeytown," and in honor of "Turtle Day" (via RedWingsFeed), 97.1 the Ticket's Jamie Samuelssen offers five facts about the game that might surprise you:
1) Joe Kocur missed the game because of the flu. If there was one game in his career that Joe Kocur would have wanted to play in, it was that one.
2) Mickey Redmond missed the brawl because he was in the elevator heading down for a between period interview. If there was one fight in his career that Mickey Redmond would have wanted to call, it was that one.
3) The play-by-play voice for the Wings that night was Mike Goldberg. Goldberg lasted one year here bridging the gap between Dave Strader and Ken Daniels. You can understand why he only lasted one year when you watch the clip.
Technically speaking, Goldberg was crappy at calling hockey, but good at describing fights. He's now a famous UFC announcer.
4) Darren McCarty somehow did not get thrown out of the game, and went on to score the winning goal in overtime. I interviewed Darren about this very fact five years ago and he just chuckled at the whole thing. I think he was stunned that he wasn’t given a game misconduct too.
5) That night was vital to the Wings for any number of reasons. But I think one of the biggest was the fact that Mike Vernon fought Roy, and fought his way into the hearts of Red Wings fans after some poor games in the 1995 and 1996 playoffs. He was still a surprise starter for the 1997 playoffs, but not that controversial because he had become more of a fan favorite after the fight.
Good times, and lest we forget, Igor Larionov actually started it by going after Peter Forsberg...
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