Tie Domi

Tie Domi only appeared in 82 games for the Rangers over three seasons. In that time, he tallied 526 penalty minutes while getting involved in some of the biggest fights in the NHL, most notably when he took on Detroit’s Bob Probert at a game at Madison Square Garden in one of the league’s most well-known and anticipated fights.

On Feb. 9, 1992, the heavyweight fight took place. Probert stepped on the ice, whereupon Rangers head coach Roger Neilson sent out Domi who skated right up to Probert for the face-off. A split-second after the puck was dropped, Probert twice cross-checked Domi, and the fists were flying.

It was a fight lost by Domi, but a win for the fans.

The right wing was an excellent skater who had no fear in his game. Domi was known to take the ice to land a big hit or start a fight to help get his team to find a way to get back into games. A great garbage taker among the league, Domi could talk up as good as a game as anyone.

Bill Cook

Bill Cook was an original New York Rangers player as he began his career with the 1926 team. Cook played all parts of the game very well. He was on a line with his brother Bun Cook and the legendary Frank Boucher. Cook was the enforcer of the team in an era of hockey that needed hard hitting and fighting players. Cook was a nasty player on the ice, verified by a story Cook tells of a confrontation he had with a Montreal player.

Cook was being pestered most of a game in 1926, so he decided to butt end the player in the head. The response was a butt end to his own head which knocked him down and out. He awoke on the ice with players fighting all around led by his brother Bun. After getting some stitches from the injury, Cook wound up scoring the game-winning goal that game.

Mental and physical toughness was how the game was played back in the 1920’s. A great time to be a hockey player in the NHL if you had the skill and will to play that style of hockey.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Sean Avery over Colton Orr and Brandon Prust? Ok. Let alone boogey, R.I.P. who wasn’t here long or John Scott, ditto. I was an Avery fan, not one of the toughest in team history. Cmon, he got dummies by the rocket pretty good, too

  2. Sean Avery over Barry Beck? Beck was the toughest Ranger of all time. Any long time Ranger fan would know that. And btw Adam Graves, George McPhee, Orland Kurtenbach, Colton Orr belong on this list ahead of other’s

  3. Cmon Frank, Aver and Buek over George McPhee? Agree with James Dunn on Kurtenbach, Orr , and Graves. Guys that I would also consider over Avery/ Buek are “the flapper” Langdon, Reggie Fleming, Lou Fontinato, and all time Ranger penalty minute man Ron Greschner.

  4. Rangers greatest fighter was defenseman Larry cahan who ko’d gordie howe tko’d john ferguson. 2nd place is a tie between domi n fotiu. Domi bloodied probert in one of their fights an skated around the ice he was the new heavyweight champion. Fotiu fought everybody without a helmet and fought phila flyers often n 2 at a time before they created the 3rd man in rule

  5. In the 60’s we had Orland Kurtenbach and he was known for having the fastest fist in the NHL. I saw him knockout Terry Harper of the Canadians after harper sucker punched Camille Henry. There is no way he’s not in top 5. Oh and by the way Vic Hatfield could throw them with the best fighters in the league. He was one toughest guys and was the Rangers best fighter in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

  6. Just an FYI ****this is NOT a ranking. In fact, he’s gonna have to come up with another list, a greater list that showcases a true ranking. Also FYI, this is not based on “fighting” alone.