When the game gets a little physical, or the trash talking goes over the line, the natural reaction is that everlasting thirst for physical justice. What's great about the NHL is that this thirst is achievable within the league rulebook.
It's too bad LeBron can't drop Manu Ginobili for yet another flop, or anyone in the MLB cannot put that little munchkin T-Plush to rest, but that is one of the reasons that makes hockey the purest sport on earth.
Many believe there wouldn't have been so much Wayne Gretzky without Marty McSorly. When your checking line brought too much lumber on No. 99, McSorly sought revenge by any means necessary.
It seems as if the league's current top fighters only care about dropping the gloves, whether or not the puck goes in the net.
Fighting has been a staple of the sport since its beginning. Here are are the professionals who have done it the worst this season.