Hockey has always been a tough, physical game, especially at the NHL level. It takes a certain type of toughness to play the game well and, in some cases, even a certain amount of meanness.
Here is a look back at 13 players, a baker's dozen if you will, who were known for playing a mean and tough style of hockey. Quite simply put, these are the meanest players in NHL history.
It's not easy to make this list. If there are only 13 players on here, some pretty mean hombres are going to be left off the list. So guys like Tiger Williams, Matthew Barnaby, Bob Probert and Joe Kocur did not make the final cut here.
Meanness goes beyond just dropping the gloves. It requires going beyond just playing tough or dropping the gloves. It requires an extra level of hatred, a willingness to violate the game's unwritten rules and codes of conduct.
Here are the 13 meanest players in NHL history. Feel free to comment on players you feel belong on this list and tell us why they should be there.
Sit back and enjoy the NHL's 13 meanest players.