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Before Players Like Kaleta, These Players Played The Same Game

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

... each of today’s NHL villains is simply following in the footsteps of those who came before them. So today, let’s pay tribute to the previous generation. These 10 players may no longer be in the NHL, but their legacies helped lay the groundwork for players like Patrick Kaleta, who make the game what it is today.

Esa Tikkanen

Crimes against humanity: Was arguably the best “shadow” in hockey history, meaning he specialized in following the other team’s best players around and annoying them instead of playing actual hockey. Constantly spoke some sort of indecipherable languagethat made other players want to murder him. If that didn’t work, would also occasionallytry to kiss them....

Dale Hunter

Crimes against humanity: Threw one of the most famous cheap shots in NHL history, which got him suspended for 21 games. Also threw this elbow, which — if it happened today — would have gotten him suspended for 31 games. And he delivered this hit, which — if it happened today — would have gotten him suspended for a billionty games....

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redxblack's avatar

This was a really enjoyable piece. Thanks for posting it.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/11/13 at 03:29 PM ET

perfection's avatar

Dale Hunter was the worst.

and while I’m no Avery “fan” and don’t like most of his antics, I think the stick waving in Brodeur’s face is legendary. I loved that. It was not only hilarious, he did it when it mattered most, and unlike most of these clips, he wasn’t trying to kill anyone. On top of that, he scored on the shift. That was probably the best thing he ever did in the NHL.

(I’m also glad the NHL banned it. It would be horrible to see all the time. Much better as an isolated incident)

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/11/13 at 03:38 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

This was a really enjoyable piece. Thanks for posting it.
Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/11/13 at 03:29 PM ET

This ^^^^^

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/11/13 at 03:39 PM ET

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Hunter really was a piece of shit. Wow, I had forgotten.

Posted by timbits on 03/11/13 at 09:09 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Sean McIndoe is great.  I’m really glad Grantland picked him up.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/17/13 at 04:24 PM ET

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