2010 NHL Playoffs: Top 10 Blue Collar Players from the Conference Finals

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2010 NHL Playoffs: Top 10 Blue Collar Players from the Conference Finals

While the Conference Finals did not last as long as the previous rounds. They still provided some solid efforts from blue collar players from The Flyers, Canadiens, Sharks, and Blackhawks.

The players on this list sacrificed body and soul in the Conference Finals in an attempt to get their teams into the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.

The two successful teams, Chicago and Philadelphia, will now have a chance to compete for the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup.

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. They will also use their defensive smarts to create valuable turnovers for their team.

While some of these players may produce offensively, not all of them show up on the score sheet consistently. Goals and assists were not taken into account in this listing.

Regardless of their offensive statistics, these are the best blue collar players.

These are the top 10 contenders for the Golden Hard Hat Award for the Conference Finals of this year's NHL playoffs.

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