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05-07-2008, 05:15 PM
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Chris Nilan. And despite being a major coke fiend, John Kordic was pretty tough as well.

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05-07-2008, 05:15 PM
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John Ferguson.

Honourable mention: Chris Nilan, Larry Robinson, John Kordic, Pierre Bouchard, Darren Langdon, Todd Ewen, Lyle Odelein, Mike Keane, Mario Tremblay, Dickie Moore. Chris Chelios was also tough in terms of taking a pounding along the boards (was always targeted by other teams bruising forwards) and just wouldn't be intimidated. Stevie Begin plays as hard as anyone.

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05-07-2008, 05:20 PM
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From those i saw play i have to say Nilan. I just wish the Habs could get someone like him again.

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05-07-2008, 05:20 PM
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How do you define tough?

If you mean a real enforcer who played mean and could scare opponents, Fergie was the king.But if you mean guys who could play hurt, were chippy, gritty, ornery and a pain to play against, then the list is enormous.It includes every great Hab whoever played.

Lets' see....Lach, Blake, Richard,Morenz,Harvey,Moore,Olmstead,Richard,Bouch ard,St Laurent,Boomer,Plante,Beliveau,Provost,Larose,Cour noyer,Harris,Duff,Harper,Talbot,Savard,Lapointe,Bo uchard,
Lapperiere,Robinson,Chartraw,Lupien,Gainey,Trembla y,Risebrough,Lambert,Lemaire
Delorme,Chelios,Nilan,McPhee,Walter,Naslund,Smith, Skrudland,Ludwig,
Kordic,Momesso,Keane,Muller,Odie....

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05-07-2008, 05:22 PM
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My Dad would tell me Ferguson.

From what I've seen it would be Koivu with all of his battles.

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05-07-2008, 05:24 PM
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05-07-2008, 05:41 PM
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Toughest Canadiens

Larry Robinson - ask Dave Schultz.

Marcel Bonin was pretty tough also. Ted Harris somewhat under-rated. Henri Richard for his size could really go. Dave Morisette scored a win over Probert.

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05-07-2008, 05:42 PM
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My dad always used to tell me about Bouchard.

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05-07-2008, 05:56 PM
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My dad always used to tell me about Bouchard.
Pull up the Stan Jonathon Bouchard fight. It wasnt pretty. Larry destroyed Dave Shultz.

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05-07-2008, 06:02 PM
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Mike Ribeiro.

Dammit, I was just thinking of posting that!

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05-07-2008, 06:18 PM
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Lupien was a punching bag.

Lapointe could hold his own, but I wouldn't consider him a tough player per se. He did it to defend himself and he never really got embarrassed that I remember. He was solid and low to the ground. I'd say he was tough, but definitely not among the toughest.
I think you underarte Lapointe a bit, he guy held his own against Wayne Cashman, as mean a player as I've ever seen.

John Ferguson wasn't like today's fighter, there was no indication that both should drop 'em, he'd throw the gloves and start punching. He'd be hated now becaus ehe'd go after stars, goalies, little guys,big guys, anyone.

Ted Harris was a good fighter, I'd put Kordic ahead of Nilan as a fighter though not as an enforcer. Roberge was tough as nails.

Robinson could've been. A guy named Connolly wasn't around long but was pretty tough. Ferguson was the most influential in that role though. As for toughness, depends on how you want to define it.

Henri Richard defines it for me.

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Nilan , Brashear , Robinson and what about Rod Langway ? the guy was strong like an horse .

Bouillon is also very strong

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I couldn't resist..

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Strength for size.

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During my time watching the Habs, Nilan, Kordic and Odelein were my favorites dropping the gloves. As for toughness (checking) I really liked Mcphee, Walter, Robinson, Lapointe and many others.

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I think you underarte Lapointe a bit, he guy held his own against Wayne Cashman, as mean a player as I've ever seen.

John Ferguson wasn't like today's fighter, there was no indication that both should drop 'em, he'd throw the gloves and start punching. He'd be hated now becaus ehe'd go after stars, goalies, little guys,big guys, anyone.

Ted Harris was a good fighter, I'd put Kordic ahead of Nilan as a fighter though not as an enforcer. Roberge was tough as nails.

Robinson could've been. A guy named Connolly wasn't around long but was pretty tough. Ferguson was the most influential in that role though. As for toughness, depends on how you want to define it.

Henri Richard defines it for me.
Are you thinking of Cam Connor?

I agree with you, Kordic was a better fighter than Nilan, imo & I'm glad you mentioned Roberge, he could really throw them.

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05-07-2008, 07:34 PM
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#1- JOHN bOWIE FERGUSON
#2 - CHRIS NILAN
#3- GILLES LUPIEN
#4- GUY LAPOINTE (kicked butt on Tiger Williams one night in the Forum - pretty one sided fight).
I was at that game. Before the game I read in a magazine that Williams was quoted as saying he'd never lost a fight. That 'winning streak' ended big time for him that night.

I wouldn't include Lupien in this discussion, Wensink owned him every time they fought.

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05-07-2008, 08:42 PM
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The Rocket was tough and fought furiously. However, he was by no means the best in his day.

Once he lost a fight with Gordy Howe. On his way to the penalty box, Ted Lindsay said in a mocking way, "How'd it feel?" Richard proceeded to beat up Lindsay.

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05-07-2008, 08:54 PM
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Bias has me picking Nilan... I asked my father the same question, and he thinks Robinson. Not much to argue about, though

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Depends on what you consider tough, I mean Bob Gainey once separated both shoulders in a game popped them in and iced them down and came back to play.

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05-07-2008, 08:56 PM
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The Rocket was tough and fought furiously. However, he was by no means the best in his day.

Once he lost a fight with Gordy Howe. On his way to the penalty box, Ted Lindsay said in a mocking way, "How'd it feel?" Richard proceeded to beat up Lindsay.
The same Ted Lindsay who lost a fight to Don Marshall BTW.

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Sprague & Odie, the Cleghorn brothers were Westmount boys. They were among the earliest players of road hockey as Westmount was one of the first places to get paved.

Also their buddy Art Ross was rich enough to have equipment like baseball gloves. Lester Patrick was also part of that gang.

Sprague played for the Wanderers, the Habs and coached the Maroons. He'd be the ultimate Montreal player had he not been fighting for Pittsburgh against the Maroons in '26, or was that Odie?

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