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Five facts about ‘the Brawl in Hockeytown’

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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w2j2's avatar

Happy “Turtle Day”!

That video really makes my day.

...Great call by Mike Goldberg.

March 26 should be a Michigan holiday.


Posted by w2j2 on 03/26/13 at 03:35 PM ET

cowboycoffee's avatar

tearing up

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 03/26/13 at 03:46 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Ahhh…. it was the flu. I bet the Sheriff (aka Jackhammer) was extremely disappointed at being sick. That alone shows the Dive got off lightly

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/26/13 at 04:01 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Big thanks to Greg Devorski.  Already having been the ref in several big and violent games over the prior few seasons with some “why did he call that penalty?” moments, he had the wonderful idea to only charge DMac with a double-minor and not 5-for-Fighting for pounding on Turtle-man, which meant his later scrap was technically only his 1st fight of the night and NOT his 2nd which would have (and should have) earned him an early shower, which allowed him to bob and weave up the ice with Shanny and Igor and tuck that game-winner behind Roy.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/26/13 at 04:25 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Also Mike Knuble’s first NHL game.  Welcome to the show, kid.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/26/13 at 04:26 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

And by Greg Devorski, I mean Paul.  Too many Devorskies…Devorskis?  Isn’t Devosrki also the plural?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/26/13 at 04:29 PM ET

Jennemy of the Skate's avatar

March 26th should be a national holiday. All Wings fans should get the day off.

Posted by Jennemy of the Skate from the bar car on the stress train on 03/26/13 at 05:09 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

tearing up, for sure

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 03/26/13 at 05:14 PM ET


Fighting is awful. 

-Yuppie Media

Posted by Siggy on 03/26/13 at 06:57 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Didn’t Shanahan dislocate his shoulder grabbing Wah?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 03/26/13 at 07:37 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Anybody have a link to the box score?

Posted by Savage Henry on 03/26/13 at 08:26 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I believe this one was one year later:

Ozzie carrying the mantle.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 03/27/13 at 01:28 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Flopsweat picking a fight with Larionov was ignominious, but as if I had enough respects for Larionov already, he stood his own very, very well against Flopsweat.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 03/27/13 at 05:04 PM ET

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