Edmonton Oil Kings’ Brandon Baddock levels Victoria’s Keegan Kanzig in fight (VIDEO)

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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.

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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.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to btnblog@yahoo.ca.

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