It is early in the 2010-2011, but it is time to rank the NHL’s Top 15 Heavyweight fighters so far.
To make this list a player must be a regular to the dance. I believe a true fighter in hockey isn’t worried about his win/loss record but rather the value he has to his team. That being said, the best in the game win more than their share.
In years past, George Laraque or Andrew Peters would be the regular contenders. This year we have a few new faces and a number of the usual suspects.
The list will not include Chara or Iginla or players of that caliber since they are not painted with the same brush. Both are obviously tough, however, a fighter is labeled a fighter even if they are multi-dimensional on their team.
Pests or grinders around the NHL have their fair share of fights, and once in a while, they find themselves at the end of a punch from a much larger or experienced pugilist. These players can fight, and in some cases, considered heavyweights but it isn't the norm.
A true heavyweight brings an intimidation factor to the game. Typically, heavyweights square off against each other. There are a number of deserving names which may work onto this list at another point in the season but the top 15 right now are…