Best Enforcers of All Time
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02-09-2013, 10:22 PM
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Maybe touched on already, but I see a difference between an enforcer and a goon. Enforcers can play hockey and take a regular shift. Goons are simply fighters. So that narrows the field down for me. As much as Schultz was mostly a fighter, he had a decent scoring touch, so I don't see him simply as a goon. There are a few that really stand out for me:
Robinson - rarely challenged and universally feared, his presence was enough.
Wendel Clark - for an average sized man, he took on all the goons and enforcers of his era and usually won. Great player when healthy and not in the box.
Gillies - see Robinson.
Probert - maybe never a more challenged enforcer in the history of the game. Every new goon had to have a go him. Decent hands for being always swollen and bloody.
O'Reilly - skills, guts and fists of fury. You want a guy like that on your team.
Messier - see Robinson.
Byfuglien - The Jets have Thorburn but nobody messes with Buff.
Not on my list but likely could be:
Pronger - Good player and is feared, but I view him as a coward and cheapshot artist. Did he ever pick on someone his own size? Loved it when Buff hammered him in the 2010 SCF.
Domi - as tough as they come, but just not enough skill.
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