Pugilists, Fighters, & Goons: Hockey Tough Guys in the NHL

Pugilists, Fighters, & Goons: Hockey Tough Guys in the NHL

Although there's less of it now than in the past, fighting has always been part of the game of hockey. Teams often employed at least one player for the specific purpose of fighting and/or protecting the star players on their own team. Audiences generally love to watch a good fight too. How about you? This quiz will test your knowledge of NHL enforcers.

In 1981-82, this Penguins defender had the 2nd highest penalty minutes total ever with 409. Name him.

Who had a total of 370 penalty minutes playing for Pittsburgh and Kansas City in 1975-76?

What Flyers enforcer had 551 penalty minutes over 2 seasons in the mid 1980s with Philadelphia?

For how many teams did NHL enforcer Stu Grimson play during his 14 year career?

What Detroit Red Wings enforcer had 398 penalty minutes in the 1987-88 season?

If a batter gets a golden sombrero during a game, what did he do?

What 1970s Philadelphia Flyer enforcer was nicknamed 'The Hammer'?

What Chicago fighter had 653 penalty minutes over 2 seasons with the BlackHawks in the late 80s?

What current NHL Head Coach had 3149 career penalty minutes over a 17 year NHL career?

Which team did long-time NHL enforcer Donald Brashear play with the longest?

What Quebec Nordiques and St. Louis Blues 1990s enforcer had a total of 10 goals in 445 career games?

How many penalty minutes does one get for fighting?

What NHL legend had a unique type of 'hat trick' named after him?

What fighter was considered to be Wayne Gretzky's personal protector in Edmonton?

What tough guy was considered Wayne Gretzky's personal protector in Los Angeles?

What Calgary Flames tough guy had 375 penalty minutes in 1988-89?

Where did Gino Odjick play the majority of his NHL career?

If a batter gets a single, a double, a triple, and a home run it one game, what is it called?

In 1992-93, what tough guy had 17 goals and 325 penalty minutes playing for Hartford?

What was Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer 'Tiger' Williams real name?

Matt Barnaby started his career with 6 seasons in Buffalo. Which other team did he NOT play for?

What 80s/90s enforcer started and ended his career in Detroit and played with the New York in the middle?

What slugger had 326 penalty minutes in only 48 games for San Jose in 1991-92?

What Montreal enforcer had 698 penalty minutes over 2 seasons in the mid 1980s?

What Buffalo enforcer played 13.5 seasons with the Sabres in the 1990s and early 2000s?

In 1997-98, what Leafs fighter had 365 penalty minutes for Toronto?

What former Minnesota North Star had 3 straight seasons with over 350 penalty minutes in the late 1980s?

Pugilists, Fighters, & Goons: Hockey Tough Guys in the NHL

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