The Dale Hunter Award is presented annually to the Washington Capitals player who had the most exciting fight of the year. The award is justly named for former Capitals captain who is known being a foul artist, pest, nuisance and all around bad-ass. A genuine good hearted and humble teammate off the ice, Hunter was a wolverine on it and accumulated 3565 penalty minutes in his NHL career, the most of any player to reach the 1000-point mark and currently ranks 2nd all time for the NHL. Standing 5’10” at weighing in at 200 lbs he still managed to amass 222 “official” fights with a record of 21-20-31.
In alphabetical order:
Matt Bradley vs Aaron Voros starring in Who’s Blood is this on My Face?
1st Period 10:39 on November 17, 2009
Jason Chimera vs Gregory Campbell starring in The Fight That Proved Chimmer Was One of Us
2nd Period 18:32 on January 13, 2010
Tom Poti vs Scott Gomez starring in You Got Your Jersey Pulled Over Your Face, Shortstack!
3rd Period 3:30 on April 17, 2010
Honorable Mention: John Erskine vs Chris Thorburn starring in Left Fist, Meet Chris’ Face
1st Period 18:28 on February 5, 2010
And the winner of the inaugural Dale Hunter Award for engaging in the most bad-ass fight is: Matt Bradley. He fights, recyles, and spawns the twitter sensation #NeedsMoreBradley!