Flyers' tough guys make own All-Star picks

Posted: January 27, 2011

YOU'LL SEE the NHL's highest fliers showing off their skills by skating through the open ice as if they were Michelle Kwan or Apolo Anton Ono.

But what about the rest of the hockey world? The NHL is constantly tinkering with its All-Star Game, but never adds a component for the league's tough guys. We demand center-ice fights during a stoppage at the skills competition! OK, maybe not.

Still, in the spirit of the weekend, the Daily News asked Flyers' pugilists for their top six fighters leaguewide. Call it the All-Star teams/busted knuckles division. Here are the results, with the number of fighting majors for each guy this season through Tuesday in parentheses:


1. George Parros, Anaheim (20): Leads the league in fighting majors.

2. Jody Shelley, Flyers (9): Each guy surveyed took care of his teammate. We'll allow it.

3. Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix (9): Balances a mean streak with a sense of humor. He's huge on Twitter (@BizNasty2point0).

4. Chris Neil, Ottawa (8): Lost to Shelley in an entertaining fight last week.

5. Deryk Engelland, Pittsburgh (10): A rookie, Engelland beat Shelley in an October bout with what Shelley called "a lucky shot."

6. Shawn Thornton, Boston (11): Carcillo's fighting partner at Fenway Park in 2010, the first in the history of the Winter Classic.


1. Zenon Konopka, N.Y. Islanders (15): Konopka went 1-1 against Carcillo in a game back in October.

2. Dan Carcillo, Flyers (8): Dresses next to Shelley on game nights. Must make it easier on the cut man to have them both in one spot.

3. Brandon Prust, N.Y. Rangers (12): Has been in 12 fights this season, including a win over Carcillo.

4. Jared Boll, Columbus (15): Former teammates in Columbus, Boll's emergence enabled the Blue Jackets to trade Shelley to San Jose in 2008. No hard feelings.

5. Colton Orr, Toronto (13): Has danced several times with Shelley throughout their careers, including a 2010 bout when Shelley TKO'd Orr.

6. George Parros, Anaheim (20): "Because he has a mustache!" Shelley bellowed. "And he went to Princeton!" where Parros was an economics major. *

- Ed Barkowitz

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