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03-01-2012, 07:28 AM
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Toughest Single Season Roster Ever

Since i am a Boston fan and obviously biased i choose the 1987-88 Boston Bruins...

Lyndon Byers
Jay Miller
Alan May
Bruce Shoebottom
Cam Neely
Keith Crowder
Gord Kluzak
Willi Plett
Reed Larson
Nevin Markwart
Geoff Courtnall
John Blum
Wade Campbell


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03-01-2012, 07:58 AM
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I'll take the B's with terry o'reilley "rag dolling" people, wensink challenging entire benches and stan jonathan as the greatest lightweight ever.


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Since the bruins have been mentioned.. how about the late 70's flyers teams? i'm gonna assume they had some tough mother****ers on those teams.

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The 90-91 Sabres hold the team PIM record with 2713.

Brad May, Gord Donnelly and Rob Ray all had over 300 PIM

Throw in Jay Wells (157) and Brad Miller (192)... that's some serious "tough".

'Course they also had Pierre Turgeon, so maybe it balanced out.

The 26-27 Bruins might take the cake, though, with two actual psychopaths on their team, Billy Coutu and Sprague Cleghorn... plus several other seriously dangerous tough guys like Lionel Hitchman, Eddie Shore and Jimmy "Sailor" Herberts. They'd probably get my vote.

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Geoff Courtnall was tough ? I could have swore both he and his brother were pretty soft.

Any team with Sprague Cleghorn has to be mentioned...

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97-98 Rangers deserve to be mentioned..

here's a few of the players who laced up for them :

Kevin Stevens
Adam Graves
Mike Keane
Ulf Samuelsson
Darren Langdon
P.J Stock
Jeff Beukeboom
Eric Cairns
Ryan VandenBussche
Sylvain Blouin
Dan Cloutier

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The 90-91 Sabres hold the team PIM record with 2713.

Brad May, Gord Donnelly and Rob Ray all had over 300 PIM

Throw in Jay Wells (157) and Brad Miller (192)... that's some serious "tough".

'Course they also had Pierre Turgeon, so maybe it balanced out.

The 26-27 Bruins might take the cake, though, with two actual psychopaths on their team, Billy Coutu and Sprague Cleghorn... plus several other seriously dangerous tough guys like Lionel Hitchman, Eddie Shore and Jimmy "Sailor" Herberts. They'd probably get my vote.
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After the 1925–26 NHL season, Coutu was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Amby Moran. During his first practice with the Bruins, Coutu body-slammed Eddie Shore. Coutu's forehead hit Shore's skull, severing Shore's ear. Shore visited several doctors who wanted to amputate the ear, but finally found one who sewed it back on. After refusing anaesthetic, Shore used a mirror to watch the doctor sew the ear back on. Shore claimed Coutu used his hockey stick to cut off the ear, and Coutu was fined $50; Shore later recanted and Coutu's money was refunded.
At the end of Game 4 of the 1927 Stanley Cup, Coutu started a bench-clearing brawl, apparently at the request of coach Art Ross, by assaulting referee Jerry Laflamme and tackling referee Billy Bell. As a result, he was expelled from the NHL for life; as of January 2011, this punishment has not been used again. On October 8, 1929, the suspension was lifted so that Coutu could play in the minor leagues. He never played in the NHL again, although he was reinstated in 1932–33 at the insistence of Leo Dandurand.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Coutu

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I'll take the B's with terry o'reilley "rag dolling" people, wensink challenging entire benches and stan jonathan as the greatest lightweight ever.

lol what the hell, was Minnesota playing at home that night? How could the whole bench let a single guy humiliate their whole organization?

I'm not in favor of bench clearing fight but with situation like that you can make a case. This is maximum trolling.

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Cant Say about teams in the 70's, but I would have to say the pre lockout leafs would have to have been one of the toughest that I have seen, as far as skilled players who actually play.


Poni Sundin Nolan
Roberts Newy Domi.
Tucker Corson Mogilny
[UFitzgerald[/U] Mcauley Belak.

Kaberle McCabe
Berg Klee
Marchment Jackman

Belfour.

There were 2 top tier heavies in Domi and belak.

then you had Roberts, Corson and Marchment, Nolan who are light heavies and all have legit wins over heavyweights in that year. Follow that up with Tucker,McCabe who admittedly became a worse fighter as the years went on, and Jackman, and Belfour who was just mental.

Now this isnt exact with injuries etc, but

I havent seen a team that could ice that much toughness in their day to day lineup and make the playoffs. Ottawa used to always bring up plugs to play but they couldnt match the leafs.....

Now they are one of the softest in the league....

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Geoff Courtnall was tough ? I could have swore both he and his brother were pretty soft.
He was game. 70 career fights...season high of 11 in 1984-85.

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2663 for the 91-92 Blackhawks under Mike Keenan

Mike Peluso 408
Steve Smith 304
Chris Chelios 245
Stu Grimson 234
Bryan Marchment 168

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He was game. 70 career fights...season high of 11 in 1984-85.
The good ole day's when 70 fights was soft.... Haha.

I was always a fan of the Red Wings toughness in the late 80's.... 87-88 was great with Probert and Kocur. I use to love those VHS "hockey fight" tapes. Haha.

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Geoff Courtnall was tough ? I could have swore both he and his brother were pretty soft.

Any team with Sprague Cleghorn has to be mentioned...
The Devils iced some really tough teams in the late 90s:
Stevens, Daneyko, White, O'Donnell, McKenzie, McKay, Stevenson, Mitchell, Arnott, Lacovich, Daniels, Oliwa, Odelein

Hadn't heard of Cleghorn so looked him up. His wiki page says:
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Even in an era of rough play, Cleghorn was notorious for being among the dirtiest of the lot, and ranked amongst the league leaders in penalty minutes for nine of the first ten seasons of the NHL's history.
However, his PIMs never exceeded 85. Granted the seasons were shorter, but interestingly enough he averaged less then 2 PIMs per game over his career. Certainly speaks to how they called it back then.

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The Devils iced some really tough teams in the late 90s:
Stevens, Daneyko, White, O'Donnell, McKenzie, McKay, Stevenson, Mitchell, Arnott, Lacovich, Daniels, Oliwa, Odelein

Hadn't heard of Cleghorn so looked him up. His wiki page says:


However, his PIMs never exceeded 85. Granted the seasons were shorter, but interestingly enough he averaged less then 2 PIMs per game over his career. Certainly speaks to how they called it back then.
But at this time they called a total of 8 PIM for a bench clearing brawl... Cleghorn is the dirtiest player of all-time. There is a rumor that he put nails in his stick and cross checked his opponents with it...

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But at this time they called a total of 8 PIM for a bench clearing brawl... Cleghorn is the dirtiest player of all-time. There is a rumor that he put nails in his stick and cross checked his opponents with it...
Ouch.

Seemed like he had a checkered off-ice persona as well. His wiki page also said he was arrested in 1918 for beating his wife with a crutch.

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The Blackhawks throughout the 90s had sick toughness, but the 99 team was insane:

Bob Probert
Brad Brown
Reid Simpson
Dave Manson
Doug Zmolek
Chris Chelios
Remi Royer
Mark Janssens
Ethan Moreau
Dennis Bonvie
Jean-Yves Leroux
Ryan Vandenbussche
Chris Murray
Cam Russell
Ty Jones (whatever happened to him?)

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2663 for the 91-92 Blackhawks under Mike Keenan

Mike Peluso 408
Steve Smith 304
Chris Chelios 245
Stu Grimson 234
Bryan Marchment 168
I liked the 96-97 team

Bob Probert
Basil McRae
Enrico Ciccone
Jim Cummins
Chris Chelios
Cam Russel
Steve Smith
Gary Suter

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I'll take the B's with terry o'reilley "rag dolling" people, wensink challenging entire benches and stan jonathan as the greatest lightweight ever.

The Hammer used to beat terry like a red headed stepchild. Everytime!

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The Bullies. Home or on the road there was no difference. How many players were there who used to get the "FLU" when coming to Philly and not play the game!!? The big bad bruins were second.

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The Flyers deserve mention from 1973-'76 but that's almost too obvious. We all know about that.

I might just pick the 1979-'80 Bruins. Not only did they annihilate the Islanders in the 1980 playoffs in that brawl but they also climbed into the stands at MSG earlier that year.
O'Reilly, Cashman, Jonathan, Milbury, Weinsink, Secord, etc. Actually had two Lady Byng winners on their team, Middleton and Ratelle.

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85 86 wings get no mention? The best 1 2 punch of all time with Probert and Kocur.

Not to mention Warren Young, Snepts, Loiselle, Gallant, Ladouceur, Lambert, Basil Mcrae, Danny Gare, Barry Melrose, Reed Larson, Steve Richmond, Greg Smith too.

I'm pretty sure with 154 fights that year they have the single season record?

I wouldnt bet against that lineup in a bench clearing brawl ever

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Baby Bullies

Dave Brown
Rick Tocchet
Glen Cochrane
Ed Hospador
Dave Richter
Scott Melanby
Brad McCrimmon
Craig Berube

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Post lock-out definitely the 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks, just take a look at it.

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The 85 Oilers had some good knuckle tossers.

Messier
McClelland
Fogolin
Steve Smith
McSorley
Lumley
Semenko
Lowe
Don Jackson
Jeff Brubaker
Jeff Beukeboom

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