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Topic: NHL Enforcers - Arpon Basu

Hockey is an astonishing game that is loved all over the world. When playing puck there is a lot of contact that leads to angry and this then leads to fighting. Contrary to popular belief, fights are not always done through anger and hate for your opponent. Fights are usually fought because your coach told you to pump up your team or defend a player on your team. Studies show that being an enforcer can to lead to depression and substance abuse. Would you be able to handle the pain and consequences of being an enforcer?

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Eddie Shore was one of the influential defencemen to ever step foot on a sheet of ice. Shore roamed the ice ready for everyone and anything. In his rookie season, he got into a violent scrap with his veteran teammate, Billy Coutu. The fight got so crazy that Eddie's ear was nearly severed, and he would wind up looking for a doctor all over Boston that would just sew it back on instead of amputating it.

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Shore scored 12 goals his rookie season which an unprecedented number for an NHL defencemen at the time, he also racked up a total of 130 minutes in penalties (2nd most in the league). Shores toughness was not only found not only in the way he defended himself with his fists and his stick. He would routinely play up to 55 minutes during a 60-minute contest. Shore would then continue his dominance on the ice and lead the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup.

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Back then the enforcer had just started becoming a thing. Many people argue that the NHL's first enforcer was used in the early 1960s when Montreal Canadiens general manager Frank Selke decided he needed someone to watch over his franchise player, Jean Beliveau. Selke found that man in John Ferguson, a brawler from the West Coast who prided himself on being the meanest and nastiest player on the ice.

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John Ferguson was believed to be the key to winning 5 Stanley Cups. Even though the Habs had a bunch of stars many people believe John was the key to the whole thing. John didn't just have a tough life on ice. "I had to do everything on my own," says Ferguson. "I'd come home and get potatoes ready and our dinner ready, then she'd come home from work, and that's how we grew up together. Despite all the responsibilities he still stayed in sports and maintained good grades. Who you be able to do what he did to get him to the NHL?

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Ferguson was in fact standing at the top of the leaderboard in scoring when his gruesome thumb injury happened. "I knocked him down and went to go punch him again, but he put his skate up and I punched right through his skate," Ferguson recalls. "My thumb was hanging off by a piece of skin". Would you be able to come back from such a gruesome injury?

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Bob Probert was the poster child for NHL enforcers in more ways than another. He was a menace on the ice and a nice guy to talk to off the ice. He was the guy to beat when it came to fighting in the late 90's and early 2000's. "All the younger guys probably couldn't sleep the night before because they were so excited to fight him. It would be an accomplishment to say that you fought Bob Probert and came out alive." stated fellow heavyweight Lyle Odelien. Would you fight someone that strong just to say you did it?

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Even though his repeated relapses and trips to rehab clinics, he never allowed his demons to completely consume him. Proberts style of fighting in the NHL was to let the guy get a few punches in and get tired then unleash his barrage of rights and lefts. His history of substance abuse followed much the same pattern, with his booze and cocaine habits taking the early rounds of his career, while Bob fought back and finished his career back on top with a Stanley Cup.

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Tie Domi grew up in a little town called Belle River, Ontario, playing for the local Belle River Rink Rats. Despite his perceived lack of size, Domi was intriguing enough as a prospect that Toronto used their 2nd round pick to snatch him up. After a final year in junior, Domi made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 1989-90 and got into a fight racking up an outstanding 37 penalty minutes. Even though Domi had proved himself after his 1st season he got traded to the New York Rangers.

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After being shipped off to the New York Rangers Domi had an incredible season. At one game Domi scored the game-winning goal while getting an assist and winning two fights. Domi is seen by many as one of the best enforcers the NHL has ever seen. Domi's favorite move after winning a fight was to hit an imaginary speed bag on his way to the penalty box. But his most famous post-fight celebration, by far, came on February 9th, 1992. After beating down Bob Probert (the toughest guy in the league at the moment) he repeatedly gestured towards his waist as if he won the heavyweight championship belt. Domi will go down as one of the toughest and shortest guys in the NHL ever.