In boxing, he’d be called “an opponent”

Raitins Ivanans should ALWAYS keep his gloves on:



  1. TOEmastro says:

    even kostopolous never got smoked that bad. Honestly, I’m not an advocate of fighting or the staged fights but I think fighting belongs in the game, but only as a justice system in regards to dirty hits or targeting. the ‘hey, you wanna go?’ bs has to stop.


  2. Exit716 says:

    Shouldn’t he have retired after Chara killed him during his one game stint with the Habs?

    Calgary is absolutely horrendous.

  3. ooder says:

    ivanans was never meant to be a fighter, it’s not his nature.

    the thing is he is too big and too slow to do anything else


    88 is the new 23

  4. stephen says:

    Seeing a fight like this leaves me feeling rather conflicted.

    I do enjoy seeing the odd tussle. A fight that erupts out of the natural intensity or incidents within a shift feels as integral to the game as the ice on which it’s played, but these staged dances off of face-offs, especially at the end of a game that is clearly ‘over’, mar the sport in my opinion.

    It’s diifcult, too, to watch a player, regardless of his jersey colour, get so brutally beaten like that. Yes, he dropped his gloves, but to see anyone so incapacitated turns my stomach. Had his helmet been knocked off previously, who is to say how this would have ended as he fell to the ice.

    Isn’t there some sort of supplemental penalty for teams who fight within the last five minutes of a game, or have I got that confused with a different rule?




  5. rogus says:

    Fights are part of hockey. Always have been, always will be. “Enforcers” are a dying breed. Personally, I’m grateful for “the code” and Laroque being a dud, as it free’s up space for someone like Boyd, or maybe even White down the road. Let the other teams have these guys, one less space for a hockey player. Gotta admit, I enjoy a good fight though.

  6. Hammer says:

    A stupid fight at a stupid time of the game. I may get admonished for this, but why does hockey need a couple of knuckle draggers showing their wares with less than 3 minutes to go in the game that has been over for 15 minutes? The bit about just showing them what they can expect next game is juvenile at best.

  7. Da Hema says:

    This must be the twentieth time I have watched Ivanans get his arse kicked all over the ice. And he is an “enforcer?” That someone like him can continue to play in the NHL is irrefutable proof the league simply has too many teams, and not enough real players.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  8. Mr.Hazard says:

    That was brutal, I was checking out the game when it happened last night. It’s (thankfully) quite rare you see such a one-sided finish. One’s on the ground, the other one’s skating away…

  9. sisu says:

    So, when are we all going to grow up and refuse to tolerate this crap in the game?

  10. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Actually Boone, in boxing he’d be called the practice bag.

  11. bwoar says:

    Get this garbage out of the game.  Game out of hand and a guy gets tuned up.  Game has to stop for THIS.  Go ahead and enjoy “MMA” or whatever brutish crap floats your boat, but take this far away from the game of hockey.

  12. nick says:

    Both guys dropped their gloves… Both guys went for it.

    I don’t see what the problem was… He got hit right on the button… People fight in hockey, unfortunately this will happen from time to time, albeit not too often. I mean seriously, whens the last time someones gotten knocked out while fighitng?

    I’d rather see a fight like this than a dirty hit from behind any day.

  13. sisu says:

    I don’t see what the problem was.  I’d rather see a fight like this than people getting killed in car accidents.

    See what I did there?  Did you notice the lack of a logical connection?

  14. The M says:

    these plugs take jobs away from hockey players who worked hard at becoming skilled and useful to a professional hockey team, like Linus Omark or Ryan White

  15. Greg says:

    That’s what happens in a bare-knuckle street fight.  I agree with everyone else on here, what a waste of time. These people aren’t hockey players, they’re just big guys that can skate…sort of.


    “I lined up next to him at a faceoff, looked over and said “Hi Rocket”. All he did was growl.”

    -Gordie Howe

  16. Mats Naslund says:

    yeah listen to the reaction in the stands.. we’re going to get rid of fights uh.. never.

  17. sisu says:

    Crowds at dogfights get pretty raucous, too.

    I wonder how loud the crowd was at the Don Sanderson fight.

  18. cautiousoptimist says:

    I could be wrong, but I believe his point was that fighting is a way to protect your teammates or avenge dirty hits without having to resort to cheap shots from behind.  This is particularly true in a league where attempted decapitation gets you a five-game suspension, if that.  Does the promise of a pounding serve as a better deterrent than missing just under one twentieth of your season?  Maybe not.  But the players need a way to defend each other.

    That said, staged fights for no reason are dumb.  Not sure what the harm is though.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  19. nick says:

    Folks were stating that this type of thing had no place in hockey, etc etc.

    My statement, “I’d rather see a fight like this than blind sided hits” was to point out that if people are going to piss and moan about something in hockey, their better off directing that energy towards folks dishing out dirty hits rather then jump on those who willingly drop their gloves to fight.

    I apologize for you not being able to put the logical connection together.


  20. habinypsi says:

    I saw this last night, at least we are not flames fans.

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