he fight between Claude Lemieux, playing for the Colorado Avalanches, and Darren McCarty, who was playing for the Red Wings, was part of the infamous brawl on March 26, 1997. This is when there were at least nine fights throughout the game and tensions were at their peak. This was a night that many consider to be when the best hockey fight in the history of the game happened. It is referred to by many names, all of which reflect the chaos and madness of that night.
On that March night, there were many fights that could be considered the best hockey fights of all time. The fight between Lemieux and McCarty started because of tensions and altercations of players that were at each otherís throats, either earlier that night or in a previous game. Because of the high tensions, everyone in the game was ready to fight. McCarty seen this as an opportunity to get into a fight with a player of the other team and escaped the grasp of the referee. When he met up to Lemieux and threw a right hook. After quite a few hard blows, Lemieux fell to the ground and covered his head; many remember this as the turtle incident. Before the fight was separated, he managed to drag Lemieux to the boards and kneed him in the head.
The fight didnít start or stop there. Many other team mates on both sides were fighting before it was over with. The altercations that happened on that night will forever be itched in the minds of the fans, officials and players as one of the best hockey fights ever.