March 19, 2012

Hockey's Toughest Players Of All Time

From Gordie Howe to Tiger Williams to Bob Probert, here's a look at a few of hockey's baddest tough guys over the years.

Dave Brown - Arguably the toughest enforcer in the history of the game, it has been said Dave Brown never lost a fight.
Wendel Clark - Wendel Clark breathed in new life into the Leafs Nation when he arrived in the mid-1980s. He took on all of hockey's villains.
Bobby Clarke - Depending on who you ask, Bobby Clarke is one of hockey's greatest players or one of hockey's greatest villains. The truth is he was both.
Steve Durbano - The Hockey News proclaimed Steve Durbano as hockey's baddest man in 1998. He routinely found trouble - both on and of the ice.
John Ferguson - Though he was far more than a simple goon, everyone remembers the physical exploits of this key Montreal Canadiens rugged winger.
Reggie Fleming - An aggressive defensive forward with the Chicago Blackhawks, Reggie Fleming was nicknamed "Mr. Clean" but more for his resemblance to the cleaning product mascot than for his play on the ice.
Clark Gillies - "Jethro" was, literally and figuratively, a huge part of the New York Islanders Stanley Cup dynasty of the early 1980s. 
Ron Hextall - Rambunctious Flyers goalie Ron Hextall was known for fighting and scoring goals. He was pretty good at preventing goals, too.
Red Horner - Red Horner was one of the toughest players ever in the NHL, during an era when tough was REALLY tough.
Gordie Howe - Forget about Gretzky or Lemieux. Old time hockey fans will insist Gordie Howe is the greatest of all time, with great merit. Mr. Hockey could do it all
Stan Jonathan - Don Cherry compared Stan Jonathan, one of his favorite players, to his bull terrier Blue. It is one of the highest compliments Cherry has ever given a player.
Tim Hunter - The legendary tough guy with the unmistakable nose was a Flames leader through out the Battle of Alberta and in the 1989 Stanley Cup championship season.
Joey Kocur - One of the two Bruise Brothers, there may have never been a better knockout fighter than Joey Kocur.
Kevin McClelland - Kevin McClelland is remembered for scoring the only goal in game one of the 1984 Stanley Cup finals. The goal gave the Oilers the confidence they needed to knock off the New York Islanders.
Al Secord - He was a 50 goal scoring enforcer whose career was sidelined by injuries. Had he been more healthy, he could have been the ultimate power forward. 
Dave Semenko - Best remembered as Wayne Gretzky's bodyguard, "Sammy" was an important part of the Oilers 1980s dynasty.
Marty McSorley - Popular Marty McSorley worked hard to shed his goon image and become known as a good player. Then he blew it.
Chris Nilan - Chris Nilan may be the best fighter in hockey history. He was also a very effective forward.
Gino Odjick - The Algonquin Assassin was as tough as they come, but he was also known of his unique friendship with Vancouver fans and with Pavel Bure.
Terry O'Reilly - The brawling Irishman might be the most popular player in the long and storied history of the Boston Bruins.
Bob Probert - Hockey's ultimate tough guy rarely lost a battle on the ice. Unfortunately he's lost more than a few off of it.
Dave "The Hammer" Schultz - The Hammer and his reputation continue to represent Broad Street Bullies 1970s hockey.  
Eddie Shack - Clear the track for Eddie Shack. Best known as a Toronto Maple Leaf, Shack's beloved antics on and off the ice make him a true legend of hockey
Eddie Shore - Despite finishing his NHL career back in the 1930s, he's the one old-timer who consistently ranks in all of top 10 greatest players lists.
Brian "Spinner" Spencer - A whirling devil during a short career on the ice, Spinner Spencer was a whirling devil with a short and tragic life.
Brian Sutter - The first of six brothers to play in the National Hockey League, Brian set the tone for what would become best known as "Sutter Hockey." 
Scott Stevens - Scott Stevens may have been the most feared physical force in the history of hockey.
Bugsy Watson - Patrolling the blue line for 5 seasons in Pittsburgh, Bugsy Watson was one of the NHL's penalty minute leaders in the 1970s.
Tiger Williams - NHL bad boy Tiger Williams is the all time penalty minute leader. But what is often forgotten is the fact that he was a pretty good hockey player too. 


John Best said...

Ted Green

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

hear hear!!
you never ever hear Ted green mentioned in any tough guy lists.. at the time he played he was top two toughest guys in the league with John Ferguson