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Ex Canucks Player Donald Brashear Signs With MMA

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When your main talent in the NHL involves dropping the gloves and punching someone as hard as you can, a transition to MMA after your hockey days are over really isn’t that far of a stretch.

Such is the case with Donald Brashear who has just recently signed a contract to join the MMA for a minimum of one fight, with possibly as many as three fights set to take place according to USA Today.

During his career, Brashear spent time with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, skating in 1,025 NHL games. He collected 2,634 penalty minutes to his name during that time while barely contributing to the offense with just 205 points.

Despite all of his fights and altercations on the ice, the incident that he is most widely known from involved him as the victim. In 2000 when the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins squared off, Brashear found himself at the heart of several instances which the Bruins took exception to, including a collision with Boston’s goaltender that forced their netminder from the game.

With just a few moments left in the contest, Boston’s Marty McSorely sought to send a message and slashed Brashear in the back of the head with his stick. The incident would go down as one of the most violent in the game’s history and ended up with legal action for assault pressed against McSorely. Brashear was lucky to not have brain damage but did suffer a severe concussion.


Check out some of his fights below:

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