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The NHL's Most Rugged Players

Dion Phaneuf

Dion Phaneuf
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Often cited as the NHL's hardest-hitting defenseman, his bruising style and hip-checks have made opponents see stars. Every foe is fair game. "Phaneuf doesn't know any nameplates, he just knows sweater colors and opponents," Calgary Flames coach Mike Keenan has said. "That's a great thing about his game, he's competitive. Whether it's Sidney Crosby or any other opponent it doesn't matter to him."
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