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posted on January 25, 2009

The evolution of the fight

By: Joe O’Connor
Published: Friday, January 23, 2009
Source: National Post

An old friend of his was in town, and the plan was to get together for lunch, get caught up on some news and share a few laughs about the old days in Kirkland Lake. The northern Ontario town is where the journey started for Dick Duff, the former Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens hand, who won six Stanley Cups in a career that stretched from 1954 - 1972, and that was capped by his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

The 72-year-old said he only had "few minutes" to speak with a reporter, because he did not want to keep his friend waiting. But the thing about Duff is, once he gets talking, and gets all riled up over something, well then, the words just keep on tumbling out. Fighting is a subject that turns the tap. Hell, Duff is an old timer, a veteran of the wars of the Original Six era, but when he is watching a game on television now, and two goons drop their gloves and doff their helmets and start trading punches at centre ice, he shakes his head in disgust.

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