Hockey fans are no doubt pretty bored two weeks into a postponed season.
With talks of the season not starting until at least May, it will be a while before we see any live NHL hockey again.
However, the Detroit Red Wings reminded us of a very special day in hockey that happened 23 years ago.
March 26, 1997. 👊 pic.twitter.com/gnhA2z6gCD
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) March 26, 2020
Yes, the infamous brawl between the Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche happened March 26, 1997. Claude Lemieux‘s cross-check from behind on Kris Draper in the playoffs the previous season ignited what would be one of the biggest bench-clearing brawls in NHL history.
He bolted for Lemieux, dropped him with a punch and started wailing away, leaving Lemieux battered, bruised and bloodied.
The ending of the game couldn’t have been scripted any better, as McCarty scored the overtime game-winning goal to give the Red Wings the 6-5 win.
The rivalry hasn’t had the same intensity throughout the years, but March 26 always will be one of the most memorable days in Red Wings’ history.