These players sacrificed body and soul in the first round in an attempt to get their teams into the semifinals of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup tournament.
While some were successful and some were not, all of these players deserve recognition for excellent service to their respective franchises.
The No. 1 player on this list will be the recipient of the Golden Hard Hat Award. This honour is awarded based on analysis of the following statistics: hits, blocked shots, giveaways, takeaways, and shots. More weight is attached to blocked shots and the player's giveaway-to-takeaway ratio than shots and hits.
The players on this list are the warriors who will battle along the boards for loose pucks. They will become battered and bruised from blocking numerous shots, in order to save goals. They will use those same battered and bruised bodies to punish their opponents physically.
These are the top 20 contenders for the Golden Hard Hat Award for the first round of this year's astounding NHL playoffs.