Today’s contestants (including the honourable mention) were from various 80’s Canuck incarnations. For all you readers born after that, we apologize. Crappy teams often required an abundance of tough guys…
Garth Butcher - The first time we saw the Strangler play was for the Regina Pats against the Victoria Cougars. To an impressionable young boy, Garth was a terrorizing force on the ice that night. Scary looking and aptly named, Butcher was a better agitator than fighter, but wouldn’t back down from anyone. Today’s video pits Garth aganist future tough Canuck, Tim Hunter, in a near vacant Pacific Coliseum.
Ron Delorme - The Chief’s ‘82 playoff pummelling of Grant Mulvey is classic Canuckicana. A much feared fighter and good teammate, Delorme has fared not nearly as well as a Canuck scout, but don’t let that taint your vote. The featured clip is a swinging slugfest against hated Flame Jamie Macoun, with Delorme as the victor, of course.
Today’s Honourable Mention:
Craig Coxe - The late 80’s were a very dark period in Canuck history (that’s saying something). As perpetual doormats, poor Coxey had to take on every goon going. The brave Californian learned how to skate late in life and seemingly learned to fight even later, boldly becoming the league’s punching bag. After leaving Vancouver for the second time, remarkably, he scored the first goal in San Jose Sharks history.