That’s not to say it’s never happened. A whopping two times in two decades of NHL play. If Hockeyfights.com says it, it must be true.
Picture it. April 9th 2011. The Anaheim Ducks visiting the Los Angeles Kings. It’s late in the season and teams are pushing to make the post season. One of your most vital players drops the gloves.
I have to imagine that there was a collective gasp of horror from every Anaheim fan watching when Selanne stepped up to defend himself. An honorable mention to Kyle Clifford and Sheldon Brookbank for getting it started.
Since that was Teemu’s second career fight, you may be wondering when his first “fight” took place. Only 18 years prior on January 19th, 1993. Versus Chris Chelios of the Chicago Blackhawks.
We say “fight” since Selanne didn’t receive a fighting major on the play. One question remains: How did the pronunciation of Keith Tkachuk’s last name go from “Tla-choo” to “Tka-chuck”?