What a match up we saw in the Stanley Cup Final this season. It was also eerily quiet as Patrick Kane started the celebration and the Flyers fans were in disbelief of the goal.
By the time we get to the Stanley Cup Final, almost every player is battling through some form of fatigue or injury. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are the ultimate endurance test, which makes these blue-collar performances all the more special.
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. At the end of the day, it is very difficult to decide on the order as there were some great performances to choose from.
These are the top 10 contenders for the Golden Hard Hat Award for the Stanley Cup Final of this year's NHL playoffs.