Hockey is one of the most physical games on the planet, and you can't just be a big presence in order to be a great hitter. Hitting is just as much technique as it is brawn. The best advice I ever received as a hockey player was to always envision your opponent three feet behind where he actually was so that you hit through them, not into them.
Throughout the history of the NHL, there have been many great hitters, and I tried to pay as much respect to the greatest hitters of the past, as well as the best hitters of today.
This list is not the 25 toughest players ever, or the 25 greatest enforcers ever, but the 25 guys that were the hardest hitters the game has ever seen.