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


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    MURR DOG  5 minutes back

    Roy soy boy..

    • MURR DOG
      MURR DOG  6 minutes back

      Just think if wings still had big bad Bob probert..during avs.

      • MURR DOG
        MURR DOG  12 minutes back

        Dirtiest of cheap hits...

        • Rich Moore
          Rich Moore  20 hours back

          GO AVALANCHE! Loved those years and the rivalry with Detroit! Hockey is such an excellent game!

          • Jake Kingsbury
            Jake Kingsbury  2 days back

            What a legend of a rivalry. Thankful I was able to witness it.

            • Jake Kingsbury
              Jake Kingsbury  2 days back

              Lemieux getting the dogshit beat out of him will always be an iconic photo in Detroit. Go Wings!

              • ComradeAndrej
                ComradeAndrej  3 days back

                I love this kind of stuff! I am from Serbia and we aren't a hockey nation, though we are progressing a bit, so I don't get to watch it a lot and certainly not games on high level, but when I start watching these kind of stories I find myself awake, hungry and thirsty at 5am and I am like.... WTF where did the time go?!? :D It is fairly easy finding NHL related stories, but would appreciate it a lot if someone could direct me to some Soviet/Russian league stories as I find the NHL-Russian league rivalries fascinating!

                • Solved 911
                  Solved 911  4 days back



                  • william s
                    william s  4 days back

                    McCarty is an effing hero.

                    • Patrick Norman
                      Patrick Norman  4 days back

                      I could watch that hit at 6:20 all day

                      • Karl Porath
                        Karl Porath  5 days back

                        McCarty wasn't really a brawler till the hit on Drapes. But he sure learned to channel his inner Probert, and we will always love him in Detroit.

                        • Matt Bastubee
                          Matt Bastubee  3 days back

                          Karl Porath Seeing him drive around with the cup strapped to his motorcycle was awesome.

                      • Boats n Hoes
                        Boats n Hoes  5 days back

                        Still pissed they swept the Flyers in 97’

                        • I like pink 420
                          I like pink 420  6 days back

                          Damn. And I thought the columbus blue jackets and Pittsburgh penguins rivalry was the biggest in the NHL™. guess I'm wrong

                          • Jo Jo
                            Jo Jo  7 days back

                            Idk Detroit cheap cocaine

                            • zeddicus456
                              zeddicus456  7 days back

                              I’m not even a huge hockey fan but this makes me want to get up and fight somebody..... anybody really. It’s like I can feel the anger coming from both sides of this

                              • Sooner Keith
                                Sooner Keith  1 weeks back

                                I miss this rivalry so much! I also forgot how much I loved Adam Deadmarsh. I remember leaving a couple of Avs/Redwings games here in Denver feeling like I had just witnessed a crime. Those were brutal games.

                                • Anthony White
                                  Anthony White  1 weeks back

                                  As a wings fan I hate 3 teams blackhawks, maple leafs and the avalanche

                                  • Eric Brewer Guitar
                                    Eric Brewer Guitar  1 weeks back

                                    Awesome video but I did hear Joe “Sock-ick” 😂

                                    • IBoss 2004
                                      IBoss 2004  2 weeks back

                                      Ohio State vs Michigan, the most infamous College Football Rivalry

                                      • ryan
                                        ryan  2 weeks back

                                        Screw Gary for moving the wings to the Eastern Conference. Signed, an Av's fan

                                        • Jordan Johnston
                                          Jordan Johnston  2 weeks back

                                          No player ever deserved a puck to the teeth more than Claude Lemieux

                                          • Ted Thomas
                                            Ted Thomas  2 weeks back

                                            This guy does good videos!

                                            • senorsoupe
                                              senorsoupe  3 weeks back

                                              Claude Lemieux was one of the dirtiest players in the era. I'm not a Detroit fan (Montreal fan) but Lemieux was just a dirty bastard

                                              • bgiles26
                                                bgiles26  3 weeks back

                                                SB Nation, you did a Collapse of the Red Wings, a Beef History of the Avs and Wings but you haven't done a Rewinder on one of the greatest overtime winning goals in NHL history: the Yzerman goal. Where is that video? @

                                                • Buck Buck
                                                  Buck Buck  3 weeks back

                                                  Quality show

                                                  • Mike Groat
                                                    Mike Groat  3 weeks back

                                                    Think about this Avs fans........Joe Kocur was NOT in the lineup this night.....Lucky for you!!  LOL

                                                    • Mark Kressler
                                                      Mark Kressler  4 weeks back

                                                      Back when hockey was fun

                                                      • Brian
                                                        Brian  4 weeks back

                                                        The greatest era in sports for me

                                                        • lgilreath
                                                          lgilreath  4 weeks back

                                                          Did Kozlov apologize to Foote for grabbing him by the back of the head and slamming his face into the glass in a completely unnecessary way? If not, then why did Lemieux have to apologize to Draper for a his hit? Or was it all just hypocritical BS from the wings?

                                                          • Dakota Smith
                                                            Dakota Smith  4 weeks back

                                                            I cant believe im.going to say this

                                                            I miss this rivarly, now aday nobody cares

                                                            • Eric Day
                                                              Eric Day  4 weeks back

                                                              That rivalry was sick, and we thought it would never end.

                                                              • 07foxmulder
                                                                07foxmulder  4 weeks back

                                                                Similar to Domi’s hit on Niedermayer in 2001. That hit woke up the Devils and the Leafs didn’t look the same.

                                                                • Dumisa Tony Johnson
                                                                  Dumisa Tony Johnson  4 weeks back

                                                                  Sixers Celtics

                                                                  70s-early 80s

                                                                  • toddrobert38
                                                                    toddrobert38  4 weeks back

                                                                    Tie Domi

                                                                    • DARKTRIGGERINC
                                                                      DARKTRIGGERINC  4 weeks back


                                                                      • Frank Zepp
                                                                        Frank Zepp  4 weeks back

                                                                        Lemieux and McCarthy actually did one hell of an interview with eachother almost ten years ago.

                                                                        • WonderDrugEchinacea
                                                                          WonderDrugEchinacea  4 weeks back

                                                                          The sad thing is this kind of championship-grade beef could never happen in today's game. It's a big loss IMO.

                                                                          • Bob Upanddown
                                                                            Bob Upanddown  4 weeks back

                                                                            How does this video not have any mention of Steve Moore? Todd Bertuzzi’s cowardly sucker punch? His nephew’s cheap shots? Detroit’s organization has always been little more than garbage. A bunch of losing cheaters that can’t make the playoffs anymore.

                                                                            • Gwmcmi02
                                                                              Gwmcmi02  4 weeks back

                                                                              Lemieux was no Bertuzzi and I don’t think that hit was worthy of an apology or the feud that ensued.

                                                                              • J M
                                                                                J M  1 months back

                                                                                As a Wings fan from the mid-1960s, this rivalry -- and ultimate Stanley Cup in 1997 -- were among the high points of my life. Roy is a great goalie, to be sure. That said, he's also a chump...same with Lemieux. Sakic is a class act. Now, living near Denver, I've had my share of interactions with the Avs totally classless fans who, while reintroduced to the sport in 1995/1996, still know virtually nothing about it.

                                                                                • TredZz
                                                                                  TredZz  1 months back

                                                                                  Fkn ugly dead wings there is a lot of weridos in Detroit

                                                                                  • Russell Tangey
                                                                                    Russell Tangey  1 months back

                                                                                    Best way NOT to get hit by Lemieux: Look at him face-to-face.

                                                                                    • 15 DurangoRT
                                                                                      15 DurangoRT  1 months back

                                                                                      Ah yes. I remember Joe "Sock"ic.

                                                                                      • Renaldy Calixte
                                                                                        Renaldy Calixte  1 months back

                                                                                        This was like Yugi vs Kaiba in Yugioh.

                                                                                        • Philip T. Traver
                                                                                          Philip T. Traver  1 months back

                                                                                          I'd like to see an entire Feature Length Documentary on this. I'm not really much of a hockey fan but I'm from Michigan and for some reason the Avs were my go to team. So I get playoff fever when either or both are in those really meaningful games late in the playoffs. This whole thing just interests me a lot... We NEED a Feature Length Documentary for it.

                                                                                          • Adam202
                                                                                            Adam202  1 months back

                                                                                            I was 10 years old when I saw Claude Lemieux crush Kris Draper's face on live TV. I will never forget the bone-crunching sound that it made as they played the replay over and over, nor will I forget the passionate seething rage that it put in the hearts of the Detroit Red Wings fans and organization. The rivalry was so intense that even on School nights I was allowed to stay up as late as the games took to finish. I still vividly remember sitting in my bed and watching the huge team brawl unfold, and relishing in every moment of vengeance taken upon Lemieux and the Colorado Avalanche team. I remember talking about what happened at school the next day with my friends that were also allowed to stay up late to watch the games. The rivalry made for what was arguably the best hockey in history between two of the best put together teams of all time. The energy that was unleashed in each game has gone unmatched in any of the hockey that I have watched since.

                                                                                            However, as I look back on it now as a guy in his 30's, I understand that Scotty Bowman was right about the brutality, it really didn't have to be like that. Lemieux should have apologized, and he should have been barred from ever playing in the NHL again. I honestly don't have any remaining animosity towards Lemieux. It's well in the past now, but he quite literally could have killed someone with the viciousness of that hit. It wasn't at all about what team either of them played for.... you just don't do something like that to someone. To this day the Draper hit and the Kozlov sucker punch were the two worst things I have ever seen a player do. Lemieux behaved like a coward, and the way he embarrassed himself by turtling on the ice was to the tremendous delight of all Red Wings fans. McCarty was our judge, jury, and executioner, and Detroit loved him for it. The reality of the situation was that it frustrated all of us to no end that no adequate responsibility was taken to address the hit on Draper. It wasn't just Red Wings fans that wanted Lemieux gone, and by failing to do anything significant about it the Red Wings organization itself was forced to take matter into their own hands by the only way that they could, out on the ice.

                                                                                            It's a bummer to know that I will never see such great hockey played ever again, but even back then as a 10 year old I understood that what I was seeing was something truly special. The 42 year Stanley Cup drought coming to an end, winning back to back cups, and having a team that hardly ever lost... What a time it was to be a Red Wings fan! It's interesting how time changes people and things. These days I actually like the Colorado Avalanche team, and I haven't seen them in a negative light for quite some time now. When the rivalry was in full swing I could have never imagined that some 25 years later I would actually like the organization that I had once loathed above all else.

                                                                                            • xblackcatx13
                                                                                              xblackcatx13  1 months back

                                                                                              Absolute greatest rivalry. That fight night, I was going nuts. I’m from Detroit, but damn, I love Roy.

                                                                                              • canedubey
                                                                                                canedubey  1 months back

                                                                                                God I hate these shots where we go back to the narrator and he of course has the worst funny sarcastic lines