Philadelphia Flyers: 10 Biggest Pests in Team History
The Philadelphia Flyers have a long, rich history.
Whether it be the two Stanley Cups, the eigth conference championships or the 16 division titles, the orange and black have been one of the best franchises in the league since their inception.
One thing that they are known for that does not show up in the box score or the stat sheet is their toughness.
Over the years, the Flyers have had their share of rough bad boys who can sway the momentum in any game at any time.
Here are the 10 biggests pests in team history.
Let's start off with the biggest pest on the current Flyers roster.
Chris Pronger has been long known for doing whatever it takes to get his team the W.
I'm not saying he is a dirty player at all, but he is willing to push and shove and drop the gloves when necessary. His mouth sure does not stop moving before during, and even after the game.
Pronger has created havoc all over the league and has even annoyed out of market media. Chrissy Pronger anyone?
Besides Sean Avery, Dan Carcillo may be one of the most hated players in the NHL.
For Carcillo, that is a good thing and exactly what he wants others to think.
His purpose on a club is to be a pest on and off the ice. He's sure had his run-ins with opposing players and even refs during his tenure with the orange and black.
He has only played two games for the Flyers but newcomer Wayne Simmonds is already making a name for himself.
He has shown a great toughness about him and is willing to take on all comers for the betterment of the team.
I know this is a "team history" list, but if Simmonds keeps this up, there is no doubt he will rise up this list with plenty of years to come.
Jeremy Roenick is another guy that did a lot more than talking on the ice. He was an enforcer who also knew how to use a stick and get the puck in the back of the net.
Some might even still consider Roenick as a pesty television analyst.
He was a guy that no matter what team he was on, he was loved and embraced by the fan base.
No goalie has ever crossed the line more times than Ron Hextall. Arguably the second best goalie in franchise history, Hextall is definitely the most aggressive and physical goalie of all-time.
Hextall was never afraid to drop the gloves himself as a goaltender.
The opposing goaltending probably went into each game pondering whether or not Hextall will get ticked off at some point and skate 200 feet down the ice and pop him in the face.
Donald Brashear was a guy not brought in for his scoring or offensive prowess.
He had one job during his tenure in Philadelphia. Make life absolutely miserable for the other team and especially the opposing team's enforcer.
With Brashear cancelling out the other team's top gun, the Flyers could execute their offense with limited interruption.
No list of enforcers would ever be complete without the names of some of the Broad Street Bullies.
The Flyers team from the 1970s was built on guys like Bobby Clarke. They were rough, tough, physical players that also had some tremendous skills as well.
Clarke was not only a pest because of the fear he'd strike into you physically, but also with his offensive ability on the ice.
Dave Schultz was brought into this organization by Ed Snyder for one reason and one reason only...to be the greatest enforcer in the league.
Inside the Flyers' organization, Schultz might have been the most well loved and admired Flyer for his courageous effort for the team each night.
Outside the organization, he may be on the list of biggest pests in NHL history.
Think I need to add to the list? Comment and give me your pesty Flyer!
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