NHL: 26 of the Most Controversial Figures in the History of the NHL

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NHL: 26 of the Most Controversial Figures in the History of the NHL
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WCW promoter Eric Bischoff once said, "controversy creates cash." That is a true statement, and he certainly knew about creating a little bit of both.

The NHL wasn't always the way it was today. The plethora of international talents weren't always welcome, goons were allowed to run amok and the game itself was very different.

Some of the individuals in this slideshow have done controversial things that have given the NHL a bad reputation.

In the history of the NHL, there were many controversial figures. This slideshow will take a look at, in no particular order, 26 of the most controversial figures in NHL history.

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