"As long as you keep throwing, you don't go down. That's all it was: keep throwing, keep your head up, keep your chin in and don't go down. I'm pretty fortunate, you know, some stitches here, some bumps and bruises came with territory. But it was good you know, a black eye is something that is popular in the bar!"
He was never the heavyweight champ of the League or a top ten guy, hell he wasn't even a heavyweight, but Philip Joseph Stock was a part some exciting hockey fights. His career was short (235 NHL games), due to a serious eye injury he was forced to retire before he turned 30 years old. His style of combat was of past days, take one to land one, switch hands if need be and throw'em with respect and pride. These characteristics are the essence of an outstanding rink clash. I urge you to turn your speakers up to 11, forget 10, go up to ELEVEN and dig the crowd's reaction to some of these clips. No joke, you would think these guys just won the Noble Peace Prize with the adulation they receive from their audience and rightfully so. Stock was tiny compared to the guys he went with, but he had the guts of a heavyweight and he is certainly in my all-time top ten pound for pound.
Stock vs. Shelley
Stock vs. Vandenbussche
Stock vs. Low
Stock vs. Peat