Hall of Fame defenseman Leo Boivin is far from the typical NHL bone crusher, but the former Bruins captain made the most of his tiny frame to deliver some devastating blows.
Especially pain-inducing in open ice, Boivin ranks tenth on NHL.com columnist John Kreiser's list of hockey's all-time biggest hitters. Kreiser had the following to say about him:
"It's hard to imagine a player like Boivin as a defenseman in this day and age—he was all of 5-foot-7 and no more than 185 pounds during a career that extended from 1951-70, and his nickname, "Fireplug," said it all. But when it came to body checking, Boivin was a giant. He was known for his explosive hits that broke up rushes—and he almost always came away with the puck."
The deceptively destructive defender helped to establish Boston's Big Bad reputation in the 1950s.