Thugs, Goons, Enforcers.
You can call them what you wish, but these men play a critical and necessary role in the game of professional hockey. These warriors serve as the on-ice police force that make sure that others are following the written and unwritten rules of their profession. Accountability is what they ensure and violence is how they enforce it.
Many of these men sacrifice their body day in and day out for the betterment of the team and for the benefit of their squad's skill players. These modern-day gladiators strap up their gear every night only to toss portions of it off to adjudicate a dispute when the time arises. These players are not only revered by the fans but loved by their teammates for their courage and pride.
The following list focuses on enforcers who played with the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes organization. They must have played with both or just the Phoenix Coyotes to be considered for this list.
This list also deals with enforcers only. While men like Rick Tocchet, Lyle Odelein, Sean O'Donnell and Todd Simpson were tough, they were not solely enforcers and therefore will not be on this list.
Did I leave anyone out? Do you feel that the list should be in a different order? Let me know by sending me a comment. Let the debate begin!