Top 10 Most Hated NHL Players of All Time

Stefan KubusAnalyst IOctober 29, 2011

Top 10 Most Hated NHL Players of All Time

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    Every professional sports league has its poster boy. In the NHL, depending on who you ask, the most common answers are usually either Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby.

    In a league of around 690 players, there's undoubtedly going to be those that aren't so popular. 

    We're all familiar with the superstars of the game, but let's take a look at the 10 most hated NHL players. It's safe to say none of these guys ever came close or will come close to winning a Lady Byng Trophy.

10. Darcy Tucker

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    Darcy Tucker is a prime example of a player that other teams love to hate. As seen above, whether it's during play or even a break in play, Tucker will agitate whenever he gets the opportunity.

9. Esa Tikkanen

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    A four-time Stanley Cup winner, Esa Tikkanen was known for two things: his two-way hockey, and his big mouth. 

8. Tie Domi

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    NHL fans will never forget the above moment, when Tie Domi fought a fan in Philadelphia. Suspended three times by the NHL, Domi was willing to go the extra mile to fight and agitate, not only the opposing team, but the opposing team's fans. 

7. Dale Hunter

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    Dale Hunter had a very storied NHL career. In 20 NHL seasons, Hunter accumulated an impressive 1,020 points in 1,407 career games. With that came 3,563 penalty minutes, too. It's not hard to see why, either, after watching what is his most memorable moment of all time above.

6. Matthew Barnaby

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    Matthew Barnaby had one of the loudest mouths in the game. Legendary color commentator Harry Neale once said, "If he could fight with his lips, he'd be the heavyweight champion of the world." Always chirping the opposition, he backed it up in fights, too, including this one above that extended off the ice.   

5. Darius Kasparaitis

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    Darius Kasparaitis was known for being the king of hip checks. Kasparaitis always welcomed the challenge of getting under his opponent's skin, often making their lives a living hell. His big hits and fighting manner always caused uproars amongst the opposition's faithful.  

4. Dan Carcillo

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    Dan Carcillo has evolved into that guy that brings a lot of energy to the table, but often too much. You love to have him on your team; he has a great attitude off the ice, but he's often too reckless on the ice as seen above with a sucker punch on Matt Bradley.

3. Claude Lemieux

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    Claude Lemieux was best known for almost single-handedly starting the famous rivalry between Colorado and Detroit. He always looked to get under the opposition's skin at any cost. If you want to talk about a player who was hated by every team except his own, Claude Lemieux is a classic case.

2. Sean Avery

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    One of the most colorful players we have seen in a while, Sean Avery is a textbook agitator. 

    Whether it be his creative screen of Martin Brodeur seen above, or his comments to the media off the ice, Avery can always be counted on for a great quote.

    Currently, Avery is playing with the Rangers' farm team, the Connecticut Whale of the AHL.

1. Matt Cooke

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    Matt Cooke is an at-large repeat offender in the NHL right now. Year after year, he's dished out cheap hits on the opposition, including the hit to the head that has ultimately kept Boston Bruins' star playmaker Marc Savard out of play.

    It's baffling to think that Cooke has been suspended four times since 2009, yet it took the league four times (four brutal incidents) to really throw the book at him. On March 20th, 2011, Cooke deliberately threw an elbow at the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Cooke was banned ten regular season games and the first round of the playoffs.

    Honorable Mentions: Ulf Samuelsson, Ben Eager, Marty McSorley, Bryan Marchment