There was a time when certain players could bank on being a strongarm as their bread-and-butter in the NHL. The role of enforcer was respected, even necessary to gain a legitimate chance of standing up and getting something started when the rest of the team wasn't firing on all cylinders.
Gone are the days when players like Tie Domi, Rob Ray, Dale Hunter and Bob Probert were an asset to their team's survival. Recent years have seen new rules that have limited the role of "enforcer."
However, there are still those who play dirty.