After recording 2,634 penalty minutes as an enforcer over a 17 year NHL career, Donald Brashear is now taking his fighting talents somewhere you cannot be penalized – the MMA octagon.
In a 2010 issue of The Hockey News, Brashear was named enforcer of the decade although he didn’t lead the league in fighting majors during that time, they noted he would have been involved in more if “he wasn’t so feared”.
Brashear has been known to have a keen passion for boxing and mixed martial arts outside of the rink.
During the NHL lockout, the six-foot-three, 237-pound Brashear spent time as an amateur boxer and later trained with heavyweight champion Smokin’ Joe Frasier.
On June 4, 2011, the 39-year-old will test his mixed martial arts skills against Martin Trempe at Ringside MMA 11 in Quebec City.
Brashear is currently playing hockey in the semi-pro Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey (LNAH), where he also played during the lockout. Recently, he was suspended for intent to injure following a line brawl while playing for Rivière-du-Loup CIMT, but an original eight game suspension was lessened after a Brashear and team management met with the league.