It’s one in all the nastiest grudges in the historical past of the NHL. And if we need to perceive what is turn out to be of rivalries nowadays, what higher position to begin than the loathing between the Red Wings and Avalanche of the overdue ’90s and early 2000s.
Rob Pizzo kicks off this week’s episode of the Hockey Night In Canada podcast via chatting with former Detroit ahead Kris Draper, who used to be famously clobbered from at the back of via Colorado’s Claude Lemieux in the 1996 playoffs. The hit left Draper with a damaged orbital bone, cheekbone, nostril and jaw, in conjunction with a concussion. It additionally ignited the Detroit-Colorado struggle, and Kris talks about his present courting with Lemieux and the unhealthy blood this is nonetheless simmering greater than 20 years later.
Listen to Draper on the Wings-Avs rivarly:
Former NHL pugilist Chris Nilan additionally joins the display and pulls no punches in telling Rob about one in all the maximum notorious brawls on ice — the Good Friday Massacre in 1984. The Quebec Nordiques and Montreal Canadiens would possibly have thrown all the punches, however Nilan nonetheless lays the blame squarely on former NHL authentic Bruce Hood.
Listen to Nilan on the Good Friday Massacre:
To shut the display, options manufacturer Sophia Jurksztowicz brings the contention dialogue as much as the minute with present NHLers James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers and Marc Staal of the New York Rangers. Hockey’s retirees would possibly declare that all the maximum heated rivalries are in the previous, however those two lively avid gamers make a just right case for nowadays’s rivalries having all the identical interest and depth they did in earlier many years — match if there is a lot much less blood spilled this present day.
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