Former NHLER breaks down one of the most infamous brawls ever

Published July 31, 2023 at 2:56 PM

Enforcers used to be a lot more common in the National Hockey League than they are today. One of the most prolific enforcers during the late 2000's early 2010's was New Jersey Devils forward Cam Janssen.

Recently, Jansen was on the Athlete and Artist podcast and detailed how the infamous New Jersey Devils Vs New York Rangers opening second line brawl came together; take a look.

Our guest
gave his POV of the infamous Madison Square Garden opening line brawl. He squared off with Brandon Prust who talked about the wild event just a few episodes ago!

Janssen explains how in the locker room before the opening faceoff, Pete DeBoer, the Devils bench boss at the time let the 4th line know they were going to be starting. During warmup, the two 4th lines got together and decided that's how they'd kick off the game.

I have to say, it's a little surprising there was no real bad blood that sparred the brawl on March 19th 2012, given the fact that both coaches were rather heated, but it just proves that the game has changed dramatically in the past 11 years.
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