Over the different eras of the NHL’s history there has been an endless supply of tough guys to throw hands.
However, there are some that are simply a cut above the rest.
Let’s take a look at the Top Five NHL Enforcers of All-Time.
5. Rob Ray:
Known for being able to slip out of his gear and jersey, Rob Ray had 379 fights in his career.
He also added 3,207 career penalty minutes, including the most penalty minutes in 1991, and 1999 with 350, and 261 respectively.
4. Chris Nilan:
Chris “Knuckles” Nilan was a key role in the 1986 Montreal Canadiens team that won the Stanley Cup.
Nilan had 329 fights in his career, and 3,043 penalty minutes.
He would also be selected the 1991 All-Star Game, and led the league in penalty minutes in 1984, and 1985 with 338, and 358 minutes.
3. Tie Domi:
Recording 3,515 career penalty minutes, Tie Domi was the league leader in penalty minutes in 1994 with 347.
Having 339 career fights, Domi would play a huge role in protecting the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, and the Winnipeg Jets.
2. Joey Kocur:
Joey Kocur was a part of three Stanley Cup winning teams.
He would win the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the New York Rangers, and the Stanley Cup in 1997, and 1998 with the Detroit Red Wings.
Kocur would have 359 fighting majors, and 2,519 penalty minutes in his career, along with a league most 377 penalty minutes in 1986.
1. Bob Probert:
Hands down the best enforcer of all-time.
The long time Detroit Red Wing, and Chicago Blackhawk had 304 fighting majors in his career, winning 149 of them.
He would also add 3,300 career penalty minutes.
Even more impressive in 1988, Probert was selected to the NHL All-Star Game with 62 points.
Probert: www.Mlive.com www.detroitnews.com
Domi: www.NHL.com www.Mlive.com
Kocur: www.NHL.com www.murphyslaw.com
Ray: www.ebay.com www.buffalonews.com
Nilan: www.stanleycupofchowder.com www.knucklesnilan.com
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