Steve Oleksy has had a lot of firsts this past week. He played in his first NHL game, he scored his first NHL point, and he scored his first NHL goal. Let’s add first NHL fight to that list. It’s like a Gordie Howe hat trick in slow motion.

In the third period, with the Capitals down 3-0, Oleksy tried to spark his team, dropping mitts with Carolina Hurricanes’ center Drayson Bowman. Oleksy, who fought elevent times as a member of the Hershey Bears this season, manhandled Bowman. He landed the first punch, a haymaker that dropped Bowman to the ice, and then landed four more rights before respectfully pulling back.

Oleksy was named CSN’s player of the game. He had four hits and four blocked shots. He’s definitely making the most of his opportunity in the bigs.


GIF via @brouwmance

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  • Akay15

    I really really really like this guy. I hope he’s here to stay for a long time.

  • Sgt. Hartman


  • one of the only bright spots of the night and possibly season.

  • That GIF is epic.

  • There have been other bright spots in the season (the beatdown of Florida, for one), but definitely the only bright spots of the last few games.

  • boutros23

    Mesmerized by his hair, for some reason.

  • what i really liked about this fight, that he stopped at the right time. kudos.

  • Akay15

    I loved that he fixed it when he was heading to the box. Needless to say, I’m in love.