It’s always a big show when two of the heaviest hitters in the NHL drop the gloves. Especially when that’s 44-year-old veteran Zdeno Chara and 31-year-old Matt Martin. Two guys who have scrapped a time before, back at it at the end of the Islanders vs Capitals game today.
Right at the start of the video above, you can see Martin shake off the gloves and stare down Chara. When I was watching that I thought “damn, I’d hate to be on the receiving end of that glare”. But then I remembered who he was squaring up with. Zdeno Chara has a face that scares me and I’m fearless. So, logically, that prompted my little peanut brain to wonder “who would I rather be squaring up against here?” Put yourself out on the ice and imagine those glares right into your soul– which would be circling? I mean the real answer, ideally, is neither but in this case if you gotta choose, who are you taking?
Zdeno Chara is the tallest player in the NHL at a whopping 6’9″, 250 lbs. He has one of the most intense stares I’ve ever seen. The guy could probably glare completely though the ice if he tried hard enough. Feel free to just take a little gander at the man’s hockeyfights.com profile.
Opposing him is Matt Martin who has knuckles of fuckin steel. The guy could drop just about anybody if he really wanted to. He’s 6’4″, 220 lbs and Martin has the hockeyfights.com rap sheet to back up his reputation.
They’re both guys who have quite a bit of NHL experience in the “throwing hands” department, both have had well over double digit fights in multiple seasons. So when it comes down to it, which would you rather have to take on? Personally, I might take Chara. I’m not saying I could win (although my mild God complex is telling me otherwise) but I think I could at least do a bit of damage. I think Matt Martin would move too quick for me. Anyway, it’s a hypothetical — I love those kinds of questions — but think about it and shoot me your answer!
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