In this day and age, Matt Cooke might fight for a spot in the rankings of most hated players. But how does he match up against enforcers and despised players of the past?
As he gets older and older, and the end of his career becomes closer in his viewfinder, it may be time to put him on the ballot.
Regardless of whether or not he makes the grade, he will be remembered by both fans and players—particularly by players who he injured.
What he can be most famously recognized for is capturing the NHL's attention by dishing out too many head shots to the point where they had to form a rule. Sean Avery did the same with his screening technique on Martin Brodeur in the 2008 playoffs.
Cooke's hit on Marc Savard last season will go down in the history books for both changing the rules of hockey and for putting Savard's career on the line (as he has suffered from too many concussions now).
Although I may not "hit" every big check in the NHL archives, these five stick out to me the most.
You asked for them and we got them: the five (in no particular order) most infamous hits in NHL history.