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30 For 30 Short on former Bruins enforcer John Wensink

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30 for 30 Shorts: Our Tough Guy (10:34)

He was the beloved enforcer of the Boston Bruins who endeared himself to fans when he infamously challenged the entire Minnesota North Stars bench to a fight. But what happened when John Wensink left that life behind? (10:34)

The December 1, 1977, game between the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins started out as just another typical NHL game in the ’70s -- no helmets and lots of brawls. One showdown that never actually happened turned this game into one of hockey legend. Shortly after Boston’s John Wensink and Minnesota’s Alex Pirus got untangled from their fight, Wensink famously skated over to the North Stars bench and motioned for the whole team to take him on. They didn’t. Through Wensink’s own words and anecdotes from die-hard fans, family, and fellow NHL players, this film takes us into the mind-set of the Bruins’ most legendary enforcer -- and the journey one takes when that life is left behind.

Excerpted from Grantland.com.