Considered one of the dirtiest players on the ice today, Matt Cooke has made a name for himself in the NHL world. Whether it's cheap shots, big hits or fights, it's not uncommon to hear Cooke's name associated with the word "enforcer" or "nasty skater."
He's made the penalty box his second home.
Cooke's hit on Marc Savard, which happened last season on March 7th, 2010, raised the eyebrows of many NHL league officials and most importantly commissioner Gary Bettman.
An establishment of a new rule was created after that. Rule 48 targeted blindside hits to the head and made an effort to reduce the amount of injuries from them, without hindering the physicality of the game.
Over his 13 year career, Cooke has been delivering blows and being, what some players might call him, a "pest." Will there ever be an end to it? Will the NHL get sick and tired of this player's antics and give the ol' heave-ho out of the league?
We'll find out in due time, but while we wait, let's look at Matt Cooke's top five dirtiest hits.