Sprague Clenghorn, was defenitly one. Charas massive so he gets some respect. And Kasparitus makes them sleep with one eye open. Aaron "Boogeyman Jr." Boogaard will club a few guys, win an award or two on hockeyfights.com.
that i watched regularly these guys stand out for different reasons...
claude lemieux (dirty or not... ask chris draper's face if it feels good to be hit by him)
bob probert/clark gilles
dale hunter/mike eagles
crazy legs macoun
hip checkers/low bridgers - i hate this style of hitting but it's legal
robyn regehr (sic)
brown of the kings (dustin?)
So where are guys like Tiger Williams or Red Horner who were tough guys back in the day? Lindros and Stevens are probably the two best i've seen since I started watching hockey 14 years ago. what i've seen on Neely is sick too, he could throw some nasty hits.
Darius Kasparitis. Say what you wan't about the legality of a few of those hits, but I've never seen anyone use his hits so effectivly. Kaspar is the best hitter ever; he didn't hit quite as hard as Stevens or Lindros, but he sure did as much damage! Just ask Mario.
ask kevin stevens how hard rich pilon hit!
nastiest hit ever . can anyone youtube it. ?
steven was unconsious in mid-aid and landed flat on his face. that one still gives me chills when i think about it. nasty.
Howe and Leapin' Louie Fontinato in the Original Six era along with Tim Horton and Bill Gadsby. Some historians have picked the Gadsby hit on Horton as the hardest in NHL history.
With a few weeks left in the 1954-55 season, however, Horton broke his leg and jaw in a thunderous collision with the New York Rangers' Bill Gadsby. Gadsby later said it was the hardest hit he ever delivered. Horton, in traction and fed intravenously for days afterwards in the hospital, certainly agreed. When he returned to the ice after missing almost half of the 1955-56 season, he was slow to regain his form.