Since it is the only major sport in North America that allows fighting to settle disputes, one could argue that hockey is made for villains.
As with any team, the Pittsburgh Penguins have had their share of villains, and given the frustrating ends to their playoff runs the past couple of years, the list may continue to grow.
Because of the NHL's realignment this offseason, the Pens will now be part of the new Metropolitan Division next season. Although they will be joined by old division foes like the Flyers, the Pens will also now be division rivals with the hated Washington Capitals and conference rivals with the Detroit Red Wings, so the opportunity exists for more grudges and villains to emerge.
With less than a month until the start of another NHL training camp, let's take a look at, in no particular order, the five biggest villains in Pittsburgh Penguins history.