Archive for the ‘Fights’ Category
Posted by Justin Bourne under Fights, Hockey Pics on Jan 22, 2013
Things like this are what make hockey fighting seem über-lame.
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Sabres forward Drew Stafford, who isn’t known for dropping the gloves, took exception of a hit from behind from Flyers forward Scott Hartnell on teammate Tyler Ennis. Although he clearly lost the fight, he won the battle with his teammates, who were appreciative of his efforts.
Posted by Justin Bourne under Fights, HardBall Talkin' on Jan 10, 2013
(S/t CBS Eye on Hockey)
Posted by Justin Bourne under Behind The Scenes, Fights, Hockey Culture, Hockey Vids, KHL Highlights, Mic'd Up on Oct 30, 2012
Good lord, look at that picture of Trevor Gillies above. It’s not enough that he’s a naturally big guy, or that he lifts weights to make that body stronger, or that he trains to fight for a living, but he’s also got the kill switch flipped. And he’s a lefty. Zoinks.
His opponent, Jon Mirasty, is no slouch either. The stories of “Nasty Mirasty” in the ECHL threatened “Oglethorpe” levels during my own playing days, and he’s been plying his “craft” over in Russia the past couple seasons. None of that was enough to avoid a worst-case scenario type ending for him in his tilt with Gillies though, with him knocked out, jersey over his head, Bambi-legged.
All fighters know that a loss doesn’t make you any more or less of a warrior willing to put yourself on the line, and that gets you respect from your fellow fighters. The crazy part is, “you’re only as good as your last fight” is sort of a thing. In fact, it’s sort of an embarrassing thing if your last fight saw you fail to enter the penalty box without almost falling over backwards.
The clip below features some interesting stuff starting around the 9:00 mark (if the autoplay doesn’t work), and includes a mic’d up Mirasty and Gillies deciding to fight, and a few interviews – first a Russian gent, then Jeremy Yablonski, then Mirasty, then Gillies. But by far, the most interesting sound bite and reason I’m writing this post is because of the illuminating conversation between Mirasty and Gillies on fight culture. As I mentioned a moment ago, being put to sleep on the ice is not how fighters like to go down.
At around 12:07 they cut to a seemingly lucid Mirasty explaining that they’re going again. Below is a little running diary from the 9:00 mark to the end – I find their comments super-interesting. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Daniel Wagner under Fights, Reviews on Oct 23, 2012
I have my mother’s hands, actually.
That’s how Alex Gibney’s remarkable documentary, “The Last Gladiators,” begins: a tight close-up of a pair of hands that are small, delicate, and fragile looking. The camera stays focussed on those hands as their owner, Chris “Knuckles” Nilan, describes the abuse they took over a 13-year NHL career. Throughout the opening two minutes of the film, the camera doesn’t leave his hands: we get to know his knuckles before we ever see Nilan’s face.
It’s an appropriate opening, as many hockey fans likely know far more about Nilan’s fists than they know about Nilan as a person. “The Last Gladiators” changes that, giving an unprecedented look into the life of an NHL enforcer. Toward the end of the film, while working with a public speaking coach, Nilan seems uncomfortable introducing himself as “Knuckles.” His coach suggests instead, ”I bet some of you in this audience know me as “Knuckles” Nilan. I prefer ‘Chris’.” More than anything, this is a film about Chris.
Posted by Justin Bourne under Fights, KHL Highlights on Oct 22, 2012
I promise Backhand Shelf won’t become HockeyFights.com during the lockout (not that I don’t enjoy the site), but if you’re someone who likes watching a good scrap, I came across another (literal) jaw-dropper (courtesy Pavel Lysenkov of Sovietsky Sport) this afternoon.
If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy fighting, do not watch this. Mirasty was over-matched, and Gillies makes short work of him. Read the rest of this entry »