Being a part of the National Hockey League (NHL) is a dream of many. The six hundred and ninety highly talented players are fortunate to call themselves NHL players. Out of these, some players are listed as the most dangerous NHL players due to their extreme behaviours at times.
The game of ice hockey is itself said to be a highly aggressive game. It’s all about making a lot of body contact that includes pushing, shoving, and running to the goalposts being obstructed by the opponent. As a result, players begin to lose their calm due to increased levels of adrenaline earning themselves the title of dangerous and notorious players.
Top 7 Most Dangerous NHL Players of All Time
Let’s have a look at the top most dangerous NHL players that I have listed below.
7. Brandon Raymond
Brandon is the current coach of the Ontario Hockey League for London Knights. He last appeared in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens. He has been suspended twice for hitting Derek Stephan in the finals against the New York Rangers in 2014.
Derek Stephan got his jaw broken due to this incident and could not make it to game 4. The fans voted for Brandon as ‘he goes above and beyond the call of duty and was awarded the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award in the 2010-11 season.
6. Jared Boll
Jared Boll is said to be one of the toughest players in the NHL. He began his career as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2007-8 season and scored his first ever NHL goal in 2007 against Phoenix Coyotes. He last appeared as the alternate captain of the National Hockey League.
He has been an outstanding player throughout his career and achieved his career-high 226 penalty minutes in 2007-08. The incident that made him stand on the top of the list of most dangerous players was his offensive fight with Jordin Tootoo of Detroit which went viral.
5. Dan Carcillo
Dan Carcillo is a former Canadian professional Hockey player and the best NHL fighter of all time. He is also known as the ‘Car-bomb’ due to his aggressive physical engagements with opponent players. He wished to fight in the Winter Classic History and ended up making it possible by going toe to toe with Shawn Thornton of Boston.
National Hockey League accused him of using physical force during the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May 2014. He also had a clash with a linesman which led him to the penalty box in the same year. As a result, he got suspended for 10 games. He continued playing in October 2014 and signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $550,000.
4. Zdeno Chara
Slovak Defenseman, one of the best enforcers in NHL is now serving as the captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy while playing for the Bruins. He is also the tallest player ever to be a part of the NHL. He is also the second European-born captain who won the Stanley Cup.
He is known as one of the most dangerous players because he hit the head of Max Pacioretty into an off-ice stanchion. As a result, max lost consciousness. Besides this, Zdeno is also highly known for his hardest slapshot. His current teams are New York Islanders, Sparta Praha Dukla, Trencin Ottawa Senators, Lev Praha, and Washington Capitals.
3. Colton Orr
Colton Orr is a Canadian professional hockey player. The last game that he played was that of the Toronto Maple Leafs of NHL. He has also played for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He stands third on the list of most dangerous NHL players.
He was accused of punching Alex Ovechkin in the face during a game in 2006 that led him to a 5-game suspension. He also got into a fight with George Parros twice and one of the fights led him to a concussion in 2009.
2. Jordin Tootoo
Next on the list, I have Jordin Tootoo who is a former Canadian hockey player. The last time he played was that for the Chicago Blackhawks of NHL. He has also played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators and is said to be one of the highest-paid players.
Jordin punched Stephane Robidas, the defenseman of the Dallas Star during a match in 2007 which led him to a five-game suspension. He was also accused of throwing a sucker punch at Derek Dorsett and hitting the head of Daniel Winnik with his shoulder during a match.
1. Shawn Thornton
Shawn is a professional Canadian ice hockey player and stands first on the list of most dangerous NHL players. He last played for the Florida Panthers of NHL. He signed a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth $1.5 million.
He also signed a two-year contract with the Florida Panthers later on in 2014. He was accused of punching Brook Orpik of Pittsburgh, resulting in losing consciousness. This led Shawn to a fifteen games suspension.
The aggression of players due to losing a game has somewhat tarnished the sport’s reputation. Then, the players are also recognized as rude, aggressive, angry, etc., and their incredible and valuable contributions to the sport are forgotten by the people. I hope you enjoyed reading about the most dangerous NHL players.
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