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There's no doubting that Ryan Callahan is a gritty player.
He constantly sacrifices his body, sometimes to his own detriment. Last season, he had 88 blocked shots, which was third in the league last year for forwards. He's had 246 blocks in the last three years, which averages out to 82 a year.
Rangers fans are accustomed to Callahan throwing his body in front of hard slap shots. It's led to injuries, including a broken ankle from a Zdeno Chara slap shot.
Callahan is more concerned with making the play than over his own safety. It's admirable.
He also loves to throw the body. Last season, he had 271 hits, good for fifth in the league among forwards. He's had a remarkable 780 hits over the last three season, averaging 260 a season in that time.
As we mentioned, Callahan has no regard for his body, and he's willing to throw hits as well as take them.
He's a grinding, physical player who gets in your face. He goes all out, all the time, and inspires his teammates to keep grinding.