Hockey, above all other professional sports, could have the best chirping and jarring between players, coaches and even referees. Not only are some of the trash talkers creative, they also get caught by the on ice microphones and by cameras which add to the hilarity and/or controversy that results because of words said.
There's a guy on every NHL team who specializes in getting under the opponent's skin, and it usually isn't by way of his on ice skills, but rather by way of the tongue lashings he delivers to the opposition, although some of the leauge's best players over the years have been able to dish it out just as good as the specialty player that is the agitator.
Luckily for us, some of the greatest chirps in league history have been caught on camera, whether it be on the ice or in the locker room, and we will share some of them with you here.
Former Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy was always one to let his temper get the best of him. Whether it be responding to traffic in front of the net with a chop to the forwards legs, skating off the ice in Montreal to the fans' boos or his several fights, Roy was infamous for his ego.
In 1995/96, Roy created an intriguing rivalry with then Chicago Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick. Roenick and Roy went back and forth until Roy uttered the famous quote that he "can't hear him because of [Roy's] Stanley Cup rings plugging [Roy's] ears."
In a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota North Stars in the 1990/91 Stanley Cup Finals, Penguins players Kevin Stevens and Brian Trottier went way over the line when heckling Minnesota North Stars player Brian Bellows.
The things said won't be mentioned in the article, but needless to say, if they were said in this day and age in the NHL and caught on camera saying it, Bettman would hand out big suspensions.
If you haven't heard the things said, we warn they are quite offensive, so watch at your own discretion.
In the 2011 NHL Playoffs, Mike Richards whined about not getting calls against the Buffalo Sabres, claiming that "they're allowed to get away with murder out there; we get called on the car bomb." Much to the displeasure of Miller, who replied with a "if we're getting away with murder, I don't know what he's getting away with, mass murder?"
The comments only intensified the already big rivalry between the Flyers and Sabres, but the Flyers got the last laugh, winning the series in seven games.
When the Blackhawks and Canucks met yet again in the 2011 Playoffs, tough guy John Scott had some choice words for the Canucks, claiming he could beat them up. Kevin Bieksa, on the other hand, who is famous for some of his quotes, came back with a witty reply, saying "when a guy's 6'8" that challenges you that can't skate, well usually say no, go around him and score."
Needless to say, Scott took a bad penalty and didn't see the ice much for the duration of the series.
Both Adam Burish and Chris Pronger are among the most hated players in the league, and their intense hatred for one another came to light in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Though the Flyers lost to the Blackhawks, Burish had choice words for Pronger following the final game, as can be seen in the video.
The comment were quickly replied to by Pronger, and when asked if Burish would be able to hit him the next time he sees him, Pronger asked "where's that, the minors?"
View Pronger's response here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4dZANtlO_w
Matthew Barnaby was one of the pioneers of modern day trash talking in the NHL. Barnaby could be considered the Sean Avery of his day and was a pro at getting under opposing players skin.
He has had countless run ins with the disciplinary board of the NHL, but was suspended just once over the course of his career. Barnaby has something to do or say in any situation.
You didn't really think Sean Avery was going to be left off this list, did you? Sean Avery is hands down the biggest trash talker or agitator in league history. There have been countless occasions on which Avery has been headline news for what has been said on and off the ice.
In a word, Avery is a character. Whether it be his role in Vogue magazine or his villain persona on the ice, you can't deny that Avery is entertaining.
More often than not, Avery crosses the line which can be seen here when he very maliciously and publicly attacked Dion Phaneuf on the subject of his ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert.