In sports, it is inevitable—when grown men in peak physical condition are sent running or skating into and around one another—that injuries will occur.
It is inevitable—when the level of competition is high, and the stakes are higher—that tempers will flare, and fights may break out.
And sadly, it is inevitable that certain players will go beyond the accepted means of retaliation and commit dangerous acts that cause great harm to their peers.
On the following list, I have compiled 25 notorious examples of such acts. Some were dirty but did not cause great injury. A few were so vicious they ended careers, be it of the assaulter or of the player assaulted.
As always, if you feel I've omitted a cheap shot, or disagree with the order, file your grievances in the comments.
And be prepared to wince.