How one violent hit snowballed into years of championship-grade hockey beef | Red Wings vs Avalanche


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  • PhreshFunk
    PhreshFunk  2 days back

    This was no nonsense beef, mess with him you mess with me beef. Good times

    • Logan M.
      Logan M.  4 days back

      And now the avs crush the red wings

      • SpikeFlea
        SpikeFlea  4 days back

        Refs during that era must have been pissed if they pulled those games. LOL

        • Rick Champion
          Rick Champion  6 days back

          I’m from Detroit I had to cry 😢 just looking at these memories hockey will never be the same 🗣💯

          • Robert Bullard
            Robert Bullard  1 weeks back

            The real reason both teams cooled off was the NHL. They were trying to make hockey more Disney. And they were going to impose serious fines if either teams dropped glove against each again.

            • Cummings
              Cummings  1 weeks back

              any idea on the song at 8:50???

              • Richard Rybarczyk
                Richard Rybarczyk  1 weeks back

                Lemuix got what he deserved.

                • mike Grey
                  mike Grey  1 weeks back

                  Claude Lemieux was an ass.

                  • Kevin Karbonik
                    Kevin Karbonik  1 weeks back

                    Claude Lemieux is a POS...... Just like Chara.

                    • emma duncan
                      emma duncan  1 weeks back

                      "The Rocky Mountain Extreme" god, thgat's dreadful.

                      • The Poi Mechanic
                        The Poi Mechanic  2 weeks back

                        Thanks for making this. I got into hockey just after that original hit and didn't know the story till now.

                        • Iain Findlay
                          Iain Findlay  2 weeks back

                          Still gives me tears and chills.

                          • Richard Emmart
                            Richard Emmart  2 weeks back

                            I really hate Detroit. I don't think my city is "Hockeytown" but every time they say it, it is like nails on the chalkboard. I think I want to watch the Tigers lose their 100th game now.

                            • Mannina90
                              Mannina90  2 weeks back

                              Please stop saying "dinent". The word is "didn't".

                              • Denver Native
                                Denver Native  2 weeks back

                                Greatest hockey rivalry of all time.

                                • The4thperson
                                  The4thperson  2 weeks back

                                  That was one hell of a time to be a wings fan I tell ya.

                                  • Lester Aanholt
                                    Lester Aanholt  2 weeks back

                                    I hope McCarty enjoys being flat on his ass nowadays.

                                    • Nicholas Jovanoski
                                      Nicholas Jovanoski  2 weeks back

                                      Greatest Hockey Rivalry!

                                      • C A
                                        C A  2 weeks back

                                        Best years as an Avalanche fan as they had the best team

                                        • Oda Phi
                                          Oda Phi  2 weeks back

                                          Just Wild!
                                          Really how has no one died playing in the NHL?
                                          Well.. the Bill Masterson Trophy is for just that.
                                          No helmet, hit, fell. Hit his head on the ice. Died a couple days later.
                                          Just a couple of years ago, I read about a referees death. Days after falling into the boards and hitting his head. On his opening laps of a period, presumably well wearing a helmet.
                                          Can you image if Lemieux had been killed (so sad) by the Red Wings!
                                          What a PR nightmare that would have been or the NHL (so sad) and a Black Spot on the NHL and hockey.
                                          Watching this makes me think the NHL really walked a very thin line back then and it seems, it is with some very good luck that one did die in this rivalry, it was that bloody.
                                          And just wow! Was the NHL bad at protecting its players. Thats the players job!
                                          Well.. none the less the NHL was horrible at handing on suspensions at the wrong time to the wrong person. I know hide site is 20/20 but could a three game suspension to Kozlov, have saved Draper face? Maybe? Definitely could have saved some blood.
                                          Anyways we will never know, I'm sure happy no one died in this rivalry and that the NHL has changed so much in the last couple of years, with more of an impetus on speed, and skill, over braun and big beef. Don't get me wrong, I love these memories, the toughness, the hits, the blood and yes speed and skill. Really I just love hockey!

                                          • Austin manges
                                            Austin manges  2 weeks back

                                            I mean the same thing could be said about lemieux boarding drapers face into the bench boards. Could very well have been deadly or even left Draper paralyzed.

                                        • shrapnel77
                                          shrapnel77  3 weeks back

                                          I have been a hockey fan my whole life and there is no doubt of the hatred between the two teams. I just cannot see how this rivalry is worse than Red Sox/Yankees. They have been battling it out for decades. Look back at the brawls they had in the 1970's and yeah, they are not going to be as nasty simply because fighting is not tolerated as it was in hockey then. The Colorado Avalanche formed in 1995, not too long ago for a franchise. If Colorado and Detroit played today, there is no where near the tension of Red Sox/Yankees. That same tension was back in 1978, 2003,2004 and as recent as last year when the Sox drubbed the Yankees. The two cities are ensconced in American history as well. There are constant comparisons of players as to who was the best. If the Sox manage to get into the playoff this year and play the Yankees, that series will be higher rated than any Col/Det game. Since there is no objective criteria to rate a rivalry, let the arguments continue.

                                          • K Jeezy
                                            K Jeezy  3 weeks back

                                            Ahhh. The good ol’ hockey game.

                                            • ColoradoPride09
                                              ColoradoPride09  3 weeks back


                                              • Mark Levy
                                                Mark Levy  3 weeks back

                                                I was at game 6 in Detroit which Colorado won and went on to win the Stanley cup.

                                                • John Hobson
                                                  John Hobson  3 weeks back

                                                  Boy, do I ever remember this stoic rivalry. Being a native Detroiter, its Red Wings all the way. Now, shut up and just drop the puck!

                                                  • Jason
                                                    Jason  3 weeks back

                                                    Great beef, I remember watching these two teams play each other for the defacto Stanley cup basically. You guys should do a beef with Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur as Brodeur was not going to retire until he passed every one of Roy’s records as that’s how badly he hated him and both are the two best French Canadian goalies in history.

                                                    • Matt Warner
                                                      Matt Warner  3 weeks back

                                                      I’m a red wings fan and I have a framed picture of McCarty punching lemiuex while he’s on the ground while Vernon is skating in from the background

                                                      • Jaakko Nykyri
                                                        Jaakko Nykyri  4 weeks back

                                                        Best. Rivalry

                                                        • Jaakko Nykyri
                                                          Jaakko Nykyri  4 weeks back

                                                          Best. Rivalry

                                                          • The Anthropologist _Forensic

                                                            I genuinely miss these days of passion and grit in the NHL. Sure, it was post "Lindros free agency drama" and guys like Rod Gilbert retiring a Ranger rather than be traded (can never forget the Eddie Giacomin return, when the Garden fans cheered for Eddie and the Wings over their own Rangers)... but growing up in the 80's and 90's as a kid with season tixs, experiencing Rangers/Islanders blood feuds first hand, the NHL has never seen the same to me with the change in style, influx of Eastern players and commercialization (mascots and knick knacks)... BUT OH THOSE MEMORIES.. WHAT A SPECIAL TIME... GREAT VIDEO

                                                            • Patrick
                                                              Patrick  4 weeks back

                                                              Blood on the ice

                                                              • unrepeatable raddish
                                                                unrepeatable raddish  4 weeks back

                                                                would be a great sport if they didnt "WWE" it with bullshit fights

                                                                • Ncredible 03
                                                                  Ncredible 03  4 weeks back

                                                                  Man I miss this rivalry.
                                                                  ..Go Wings!!!!

                                                                  • 43Habsfan
                                                                    43Habsfan  4 weeks back

                                                                    A video on Habs vs Bruins from 2008-2014 would be super niche but I'd love it.

                                                                    • Michigan Matt
                                                                      Michigan Matt  4 weeks back

                                                                      The hay day of hockey town. Glad I made it over to see a few games while this squad was together.

                                                                      • James Rally
                                                                        James Rally  4 weeks back

                                                                        Both teams were just as dirty to each other. Larionov put his hand to the back of Foote's head and smashed it against the glass before the Lemieux hit. People need to stop pretending it was the worst ever cause it wasn't. Only reason it got magnified is cause the was hit where there's no glass and smashed his face on the edge. Turned into a wicked rivalry! You want pure dirty, see the Bertuzzi punch. Even the McSorley to Brashear stick thing wasn't that dirty, just unfortunate. Hockey is a sneaky, dirty sport, always has been.

                                                                        • Bill Morgan
                                                                          Bill Morgan  4 weeks back

                                                                          You are very talented.

                                                                          • Nils Bertaloth
                                                                            Nils Bertaloth  1 months back


                                                                            • Patrick Neal
                                                                              Patrick Neal  1 months back

                                                                              Part of me really misses this NHL, part of me says it may have been a bit much. But man is it entertaining

                                                                              • manny_ nuff
                                                                                manny_ nuff  1 months back

                                                                                Cockey Town

                                                                                • Tasmar Vanderweghe
                                                                                  Tasmar Vanderweghe  1 months back

                                                                                  Nice piece, but I take umbridge at the "Devils swept the underperforming Red Wings" comment. That statement implies that somehow The Devils didn't so much win The Cup by being the superior team, as Detroit lost it via poor play. Fact is that the Devils largely beat The Wings at their own game. Everyone bemoans The famed trap employed by NJ back then, but if you know the game, then you know that Detroit actually employed a VERY similar defensive style called the Left Wing Lock. In fact, Bowman had been using a similar system as far back as the mid-70s when he was coaching and racking up Cups with the Montreal Canadiens. Where, as luck would have it, one of his players was none other than Devils coach, Jacque Lemaire. Lemaire, has said repeatedly that he brought the foundation of what became the infamous Devils' trap with him from Montreal. As for the 1995 Finals, the simple fact is that the Devils bought into their system to a man, and didn't stray from it. Detroit tried to open things up a bit and use the speed and skill they had in abundance to overcome the Devils' disciplined system. Then Scott Stevens gave them a lesson in why that might not be the best way to go. Detroit forwards spent the rest of the short series looking out for Stevens instead of looking for each other after that.


                                                                                  • Cameron K
                                                                                    Cameron K  1 months back

                                                                                    This is literally what Midget hockey is like

                                                                                    • Marcus Antonius
                                                                                      Marcus Antonius  1 months back

                                                                                      Wrong. Life long Wings fan, butthe faceplant on Adam Foote By Kozlov started the whole thing. Research.

                                                                                      • Peter Montagnon
                                                                                        Peter Montagnon  1 months back

                                                                                        Holy Crap Batman!! As a tender I was fighting in the &0's ,80's and 90's LMAO

                                                                                        • SCARYDAB FOLKSCURRY
                                                                                          SCARYDAB FOLKSCURRY  1 months back

                                                                                          if i was in that fight as like a big tough guy and if i was on ethier team with the other messing with my players i would pick them up and bodyslam them through the glass on on the ice

                                                                                          • Adam West
                                                                                            Adam West  1 months back

                                                                                            I loved this!!!! I loved the avs finally punching detroit in the face and saying NO! You're not the best team in the NHL we are!

                                                                                            • liukangstoupee
                                                                                              liukangstoupee  1 months back

                                                                                              This was the greatest time to be a hockey fan. You had it all, quality hockey, physical confrontations, and a beef between two of the best rosters of the era

                                                                                              • 15 DurangoRT
                                                                                                15 DurangoRT  1 months back

                                                                                                I've never heard of "Joe Sockic".