Which tough guy do you want on your side?
SI insider Pierre McGuire rates the NHL's most
1. GEORGES LARAQUE, Canadiens
Vitals: 6'3", 255 pounds, 31 years old.
The most feared and respected fighter in the league. He's got amazing punching
power, and no player is better at settling down a chippy game simply with his
2. ZDENO CHARA, Bruins
Vitals: 6'9", 251, 31.
The mammoth defenseman (right, in black) plays more than 26 minutes per game,
and when he gets angry, look out. His reach and hand strength help him dominate
opponents. He also has a vicious uppercut.
3. DEREK BOOGAARD, Wild
Vitals: 6'7", 258, 26.
He's nicknamed the Boogey Man for a reason, and it's not because opponents fear
his scoring ability. He has two goals in three seasons. Boogaard is one of the
largest fighters in the league, and his only weakness is that he lacks a little
4. DONALD BRASHEAR, Capitals
Vitals: 6'2", 235, 36.
He begins the intimidation process with one of the NHL's most fearsome glares.
This veteran understands all the nuances of his role, and he knows when to
spring into action as well as any other tough guy in the game.
5. DANIEL CARCILLO, Coyotes
Vitals: 6-feet, 205, 23.
Fearless and routinely playing on the edge, he may be the most unpredictable
player in the NHL. Carcillo's league-high 324 penalty minutes last season
stemmed mainly from fighting infractions. He can also play, scoring 24 points
and going +1 in 57 games.