Late on this one but Pat Verbeek
? What???? Is that a typo?
Semenko was the guy. Gretzky's room to maneuver was equivalent to Semenko's willingness and ability to destroy opponents... By any means necessary. Gretzky gave Semenko his brand new truck for being named All Star game MVP... And Semenko was playing on a different team. That says a lot!!!
was another beauty. He was another that would make anyone pay. Anyone. Also by any means necessary. Often in a very over the top manner that just left you shaking your head.
. I believe it was Shawn Burr
who said "nope I don't fight anymore... You gotta fight him." and pointed to Probert. One of the best at every aspect of enforcing.
. I never liked him much but nobody messed with Domi's teammates very often... He was quite cheap by times as well, but he always backed it up. The Philly incident was a black mark but his career was full of defending teammates... Remember him screaming that he was going to kill Bure after the Peca hit on Selanne.
Gillies, Nystrom, and Grimson deserve a shout as well.
Some second tier guys: Shayne Corson
did a lot of standing up for teammates. Very good fighter as well. Owen Nolan
was another great fighting captain. Ditto Jeff Odgers
. There's so many that could be mentioned... Minor league legends like Angelstead, Bonvie, Fleming, Bialowas all did great jobs in minor leagues.
"The Hand is fine, I got a shot of chromosone yesterday." John Kordic on the status of his hand.
"Let's get out of this sh*thole."
Phil Esposito, on Winnipeg, after Team Canada lost game 3 of the 1972 series to the Russians.