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The NHL's Most Rugged Players

Chris Pronger

Chris Pronger
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A defensive pillar of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup team and this year's squad that extended defending champ Detroit to seven games in the west semis, Pronger makes every trip into Anaheim's zone an exercise in pain for foes and fearlessly blocks shots (playoff-best 34 after two rounds). He also led the scrappy Oilers to the 2006 Cup final. In 1999-2000 with St. Louis, he became the first defenseman since Bobby Orr to win the Hart and Norris trophies in the same season.
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