Skip to main content
The Official Site of the San Jose Sharks

Power Rankings: Biggest Bouts

"I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out"

by Staff Writer / sjsharks.com

You may have heard there's a somewhat significant fight this weekend, between a somewhat famous boxer and a somewhat famous MMA fighter. 

As the great Rodney Dangerfield said, "I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out." Which, since everyone's attention is turned to fighting, begs the question: what are some of the best fights in Sharks franchise history? We decided to comb through some videos to find out.

6. Owen Nolan vs. Matt Barnaby

Watch: Youtube Video

"Old time hockey" pretty much sums up this classic bout. 

5. Mike Brown vs. Aaron Volpatti 

Watch: Youtube Video

The amount of time between the puck dropping, gloves dropping and punches thrown was less than a second, and the fight barely slowed down from there. An instant classic. 

4. Link Gaetz vs. Bob Probert

Watch: Youtube Video

The inaugural version of the San Jose Sharks was not a very good team. Most would - and should - say that they were pretty bad, going 17-58-5 for 39 points. However, the Sharks were good at fighting, racking up 78 fighting majors in that seasons. And this one was one of the best. 

3. Joes vs. Ryans

Watch: Youtube Video 

Watch: Youtube Video

Joe Thornton vs. Ryan Getzlaf. Joe Pavelski vs. Ryan Whitney. In a playoff game. None of these players are really known for fighting (or, in the case of Thornton and Getzlaf, fighting often), yet both fights were incredibly spirited. 

2. Brad Staubitz vs. Jordin Tootoo

Watch: Youtube Video

When the phrase "total dominance" is said, this fight comes to mind. Staubitz threw everything including the kitchen sink in a fight that definitely pumped up the Tank.

1. Joe Thornton vs. Jamie Benn

Watch: Youtube Video

This fight has a Hart Trophy, two Art Ross trophies, two Olympic gold medals, and 1,908 career points. And yet it began like a real throwback: the two All-Stars jawing at each other, then deciding to both drop the gloves and take off their helmets as they circled each other before coming together and throwing. 

View More