Behind the Scenes Hockey: Nine Unheralded NHL Players

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Behind the Scenes Hockey: Nine Unheralded NHL Players
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Ville Leino smashes into the ice after a hit from Bruins enforcer Zdeno Chara.

Around the world of hockey, there are many words for them; "Down and Dirty", "Rough and Tumble", "In the Trenches", "Blue Collar players", and "Enforcers".

But throughout the years of the NHL, fans and staff alike have always loved the hardest hitter, the nastiest fighter, or the trashiest talker. In fact, many players and coaches in recent times have become famous for their gritty side, such as monstrous Zdeno Chara or 2010 playoff star Dustin Byfuglien.

Truthfully, the biggest physical presences are no longer ignored, or, as the title proclaims, "unheralded". But that's not to say there aren't any more "under the radar" blue collar players. In fact, there are more "behind the scenes" players than you expect, as no very well-known forward or defenseman was included...and that's why they're on this list.

Whether it's blocking shots, piling up takeaways, winning faceoffs, killing penalties, taking the longest shifts, or even establishing themselves in the never-forgotten art of hitting, these 10 players make the difference without the getting the fame. They're not afraid to sacrifice themselves or, for that matter, the opponent in their way, but all of them, despite having less-than-recognizeable names, deserve more playing time than many household name goal scorers in the NHL today.

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