More like Fedor Emalienenko
There’s a semi-famous story about how Kevin Bieksa got his job with the Vancouver Canucks. His first training camp, he was a non-roster invitee out of Bowling Green University, and it’s meal time.
Bieksa bumps the table Fedorov (the Canucks’ third-round pick that year), and things get a little heated. Fedorov, a big kid at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, asks Bieksa to step outside. Bieksa obliges, then KOs Fedorov with one punch.
Recalled then-Vancouver GM Brian Burke: “The next day, I’m talking to [assistant GM Steve Tambellini], and I guess Bieksa was all worried about it, saying to Tamby, “Oh, geez, I’m all done, Burkie’s going to be really pissed, I show up and knock out one of his own guys.’ I listen to Tamby and I say, ‘Are you kidding me? I love that. Sign him — today!’ “
Things haven’t gone that well for the younger of the Flying Fedorov Brothers, as he’s bounced from the AHL to Russia and back a few times. This year, he signed a one-way deal with New Jersey and on his first day of camp, he got into a scrap.
The highlight of the morning was a fight between defenseman Harry Young and Fedor Fedorov during the second session. Young and Fedorov exchanged shoves during one down-low drill and after Fedorov turned away to rejoin the play, Young gave him an extra jab with his stick in the back of he leg.
Fedorov turned back and shoved Young again and the two dropped the gloves. It was a pretty even fight, no big blows landed by either guy, but this was two pretty big guys going at it. Young, the Devils’ eighth choice, 202nd overall in June’s draft, is 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and Fedorov is 6-3, 230.
Sutter definitely appeared to enjoy it.
“It’s good to see that in practice every now and then,” Sutter said.
Said Fedorov of his penchant for fighting: “If it happens, it happens,” he said. “If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I think I can do better things than that.”
Yeah, two points in 18 NHL games since 2002 really proves that. Keep fighting, kid, you’re only 27.