From Ice to Octagon: Donald Brashear to Takes Shot at MMA

Photo Courtesy Dinur Blum/Flickr

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.

Brashear squaring up against Chara as a member of the Capitals. Photo by Rashad/Flickr

 

 

Jeff Blay
Journalism grad from St. Catharines, ON, Canada. Newfoundland heritage. Passionate about hockey whether it's junior or pro. News junkie and literature fanatic. Sun Media Reporter, The Hockey News intern, former Media Relations with the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Niagara IceDogs, contribute to an OHL radio show called In the O Radio (www.intheoradio.com), and write prospect features for Andy Strickland's TrueHockey.com. Follow @JeffBlay on Twitter.

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