Boston Bruins: The 11 Biggest and Baddest Players in Team History

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Boston Bruins: The 11 Biggest and Baddest Players in Team History
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Shawn Thornton's willingness to fight makes him a classic Boston Bruin.

When it comes to teams that are willing to mix it up nearly every time they take the ice, no NHL team compares with the Boston Bruins.

The Philadelphia Flyers come to mind, but the Bruins had been playing with their take-no-prisoners style for nearly five decades before the great expansion of 1967 that brought the Flyers to the NHL.

The Bruins have had their share of all-time great players. Bobby Orr is No. 1 or 2 on the NHL's all-time list—depending on whether you favor him or Wayne Gretzky—and he is followed by Ray Bourque and Johnny Bucyk.

But the Bruins' image is that of players who ask for no quarter and give none. Orr, by the way, could handle himself with his fists as well as anyone if he saw fit.

Players who were willing to fight and take an elbow in order to make a play have been the standard for the Black and Gold for decades.

The Bruins' full-throated fans have always supported players who were willing to spill blood for the benefit of their team

Here's our list of the 11 biggest and baddest Bruins of all time.

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