There's a special place in the game of hockey for enforcers.
Enforcers have one job: to protect their teammates on the ice from any opponent looking to do them harm. It's a simple job, but one that demands a tough will and strong fist.
Without them, playmakers may not be able to make the perfect pass and goal scorers may not be able to maneuver with enough space to score their goals.
They show a side of the game that many have argued only ruins the traditional game of hockey, but many have also said that fighting will always be a part of hockey.
Whatever the case may be, enforcers have a job that sometimes goes unnoticed; it's time to pay respect to some of the best.
These are the top six NHL enforcers of all time.