NHL's Seven Deadliest Hitters

Gerald NortonFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2010

NHL's Seven Deadliest Hitters

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    TORONTO - DECEMBER 4:  J.P. Dumont #71 of the Nashville Predators appears stunned after taking a big hit from Hal Gill #25 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game on December 4, 2007 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Maple Leafs defeated the
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    These are the guys that make players wake up screaming...in the hospital.

    Some of these players are one dimensional hitters, some are regulars who play mean, and some of them are just so nuts it's hard to tell what they are.

    But they all make you play with your head up...or pick it up, off the ice.

Chris Neil

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators hits Jason Strudwick #34 of the New York Rangers on April 18, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Senators defeated the Rangers 5-1.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Never, ever, turn your back on a ginger, especially not one wearing #25 and carrying a stick.

Matt Cooke

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    OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 18:  Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins reacts after hitting Peter Regin #43 of the Ottawa Senators face first into the boards for a boarding penalty during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quaterfinals during the 2010 Stanley Cu
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    There's something just plain wrong with this guy.

Steve Ott

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 05:  Steve Ott #29 of the Dallas Stars delivers a check on Kyle Quincey #27 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at the Staples Center on March 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    This guy has issues with common decency.

Cal Clutterbuck

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    MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 26: Cal Clutterbuck #22 of the Minnesota Wild hits P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on September 26, 2010 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    He'd check his Memaw into the end boards if she had her back turned.

Jarkko Ruutu

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    PITTSBURGH - APRIL 22:  Jarkko Ruutu #73 of the Ottawa Senators hits Alex Goligoski #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on April 22, 2010 in Pittsburgh
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    He may not be what he once was, but he's still as crazy as a peach orchard boar.

Patrick Kaletta

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    RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 26:  Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes is knocked to the ice after being hit by Patrick Kaleta #36 of the Buffalo Sabres during the game on February 26, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C.
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    This guy defines predatory hitter.

Daniel Carcillo

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 16: Daniel Carcillo #13 of the Philadelphia Flyers hits Colin White #5 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on April 16, 2010 in N
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    Once I saw him blind side the anthem singer..and she was 12.