Stan Jonathan Fights Pierre Bouchard

March 10, 2009 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Legends, Hockey Videos

This video clip is for those of you who think that fighting just became “dangerous” over the past few seasons with the unfortunate death of Don Sanderson and the injuries to  Jon Sim and Todd Fedoruk.

This classic fight features Boston’s  Stan Jonathan fighting Pierre Bouchard of the Montreal Canadiens on May 21, 1978. Jonathan beat Bouchard so badly, fracturing his nose/face, that Bouchard was eventually forced to retire.
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12 Comments on "Stan Jonathan Fights Pierre Bouchard"

  1. AdamBruinsFan on Wed, 25th Apr 2007 12:28 am 

    This was one of my favorite fights. The smaller Bruins vs big Canadien and Jonathan bloodies the hell out of Bouchard. Watch the clip, you’ll see Bouchard’s blood all over the refs face as well. Ah, the good old days, they’re gone now, now we have this much softer type of hockey.

  2. Chris on Tue, 2nd Oct 2007 11:28 pm 

    Great fight, and no doubt Stanley won a decisive KO. But NHL Digest needs to do its homework. Bouchard wasn’t forced to retire as you state. His face was not fractured, he merely broke his nose. He was claimed on waivers by the Caps the next year, and sat out most of the season not wanting to play for one of the worst franchises goin’. Yet he ultimately came back and played two seasons for them, and a final yr. in the AHL in Hershey. And to AdamsBruinsFan: that’s not just Bouchards blood on linseman John D’Amico’s face, it’s mainly D’Amicos. When the melee started he was clipped by O’Reilly’s stick and got a fourteen stich cut. He and Cherry discuss it here

  3. Tyler on Wed, 3rd Oct 2007 8:49 am 

    Thank you for the in depth comment. It appears that the Wikipedia link to Bouchard’s career that was used for research has been edited.
    Nevertheless, a great piece of hockey history. Thank you for the clarification and for stopping by NHL Digest.

  4. Stan Jonathan on Wed, 16th Jan 2008 4:50 pm 

    Your the best fighter i had ever seen! i am doing a project about you at school ever one is .I wanted to ask you some qustions for my project i am glad your coming to our school i cant wait to see you!you!Will see you later bye!

  5. Serge on Sun, 9th Mar 2008 8:09 pm 

    Lot’s of respect for Jonathan butr without is helmet againts Bouchard he would not have last taht long and he goes qith a cheap shot when he falls over Bouchard

  6. Andy on Sun, 26th Oct 2008 3:50 pm 

    Jonathan clearly won this fight,but Jonathan was one of the dirtier fighters also. He hit Bouchard several shots when Bouchard was already down,a huge no-no among hockey’s elite fighters. When Jonathan was losing a fight(e.g. Clark Gillies,Curt Walker) he would try to leg-lock them down.When both these men beat Jonathan,he tried on both occassions to land sucker shots after the fight.

  7. Zack on Tue, 23rd Dec 2008 8:01 pm 

    Stan Jonathan is my idol!! He totaly beat the shit outta bouchard

  8. Marilou on Tue, 17th Feb 2009 12:21 am 

    Agree with Serge; without his helmet on (sign of a coward in a hockey fight), Jonathan was a dead man. A ridiculous cheap and mean dwarf against such a man as Bouchard, Jonathan just left a bad memory. Just a lucky sucker punch while he should have already been knocked out (without his helmet!).

  9. Marilou on Wed, 18th Feb 2009 12:53 am 

    I looked at other Jonathan’s fights against Clark Gillies and Dave Schultz. It’s so obvious that without his helmet, he couldn’t win against much taller man, such as Bouchard. Jonathan was just a pigmy that I could haven taken care of myself (without helmet); and I’m only 5’11”. He was only counting on his opponents to break their knuckles on his helmet and take advantage of that; other than that, just a coward!

  10. jp on Wed, 27th May 2009 1:18 pm 

    must be montreal fans.

    Bouchaerd got his ass wooped.

  11. serge on Mon, 17th Sep 2012 8:15 pm 

    Montreal fan yes but honest which you don,t seem to be Your Jonathan was dead without an helmet and that cheap shot at the end

  12. Serge on Mon, 17th Sep 2012 8:20 pm 

    Yes a montreal fan but i am honnest if Stan the helmet Jonathan would have lost his helmet during the fight ,it was By By Stan !!!!
    Just look at the sucker punch when Bouchard falls down this is how he broke is Bouchard nose, a real boston fan cant admit that one of is player is dirty like Big Chara’s hit on Pacioretty a dirty blow 4-0 16 seconds left and he is going for it what a dirty player

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