Gordie Howe vs. Lou Fontinato

1959

This was the fight that truly established Howe’s reputation as a tough guy. Fontinato had a major league reputation as the NHL’s top policeman until he met Howe. Both men exchanged punches in a long battle. Leaping Louie took the worst of it though. Fontinato’s nose was mangled and pushed so far over to the right side of his face that, as one media source reported, “it looked like he ran the 100-yard dash in a 90-yard gym.”

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