Whatever one's philosophy on the place for fighting in hockey, there is no denying when a punch is felt league-wide.
Calgary Flames draft pick Keegan Kanzig, who's a towering 6-foot-5 and 242 pounds, is regarded as one of the tougher hombres in the Western Hockey League. On Tuesday, the Victoria Royals big blueliner was knocked absolutely woozy from a straight right from Edmonton Oil Kings forward Brandon Baddock.
The linesman had to physical support the wobbly Kanzig as he left the ice. Kanzig did not return to the game.
The two had been itching for a confrontation; Baddock and Kanzig had just finished serving coincidental roughing penalties when they tangled.
It is only a little glib to say Baddock, who attended an Edmonton Oilers prospect camp before this season, did more for his stock among NHL scouts by taking down a tough guy than he could have by becoming a point-a-game scorer. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wing has tallied just seven goals and 13 points over 100 WHL games while playing a supporting role for the Oil Kings, but as far as being the quintessential 'fighter who can play,' he's proven the first part.
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