Thug: noun; a common criminal, who treats others violently and roughly
That’s the common definition of the word thug. Unfortunately, there have been many thugs in hockey over the years.
Instead of just including "common criminals," we’ve expanded this to be the players who were involved in some of the most violent instances on the ice.
Here are the 50 biggest thugs in NHL history.
Note: I’ve included violent instances from leagues besides the NHL, including the former WHA, AHL and international contests. I did not include European leagues, like this instance from the KHL in 2010.