Cornwall - January 12, 2012 - In our second installment of 30 Second Timeout we take a look at some of the most disliked players in the NHL, both past and present. This week’s question was, Which three NHL players (past or present) do you dislike the most and why?
Below you will find the responses from five of our columnists. Feel free to vote for your choices in the poll below.
Glenn Austen: Esa Tikaanen - Sure he was effective, but this was one annoying player, from the constant chatter to the elbow rubs. I have never been a fan of trash talking, so I say "No!" to "Tiki-talk"! Matt Cooke - Dirty, dirty, dirty. Plays every game dangerously over the line, from a series of questionable hits that have become routine for him to basically ending Marc Savard’s career - it is impossible to justify the actions of the "Cookie Monster" in today’s NHL. Sean Avery - From his infamous "sloppy seconds" comment to his habit of starting fights and then skating away, Avery is as annoying a player as they come - there is simply nothing to like about the way he plays the game, on or off the ice.
David Murphy: Ulf Samuelsson - the defenceman routinely went out of his way to take out players with illegal checks - ended a few careers. In today's game he'd be suspended for seasons at a time! Sean Avery - trying to discredit Martin Brodeur as a "fatso" in 2008? Really? Arguably the best goalie all-time vs Sean who? Dale Hunter - only because of his hit on Pierre Turgeon in 1993. His excuse of "not realizing it was a goal and finishing the check" is the worst of all time.
Bill Payment: I will start with the distant past - Leo Lebine, Bobby Clark, Ken Linseman and presently Brad Marchand. They all have the same thing in common. They play like little rats. They have good hockey talents but were always hacking and agitating, but NEVER were (or are) prepared to back it up like a man. Easy to dislike!
Chris Savard: Brett Hull was born in Belleville, Ontario. However, because he had dual citizenship always chose to play for the United States in international play. As good as he was, I lost any respect for him. Evander Kane received permission from Bobby Hull to wear #9 in Winnipeg, but who does he think he is? Bryan Little changed from #10 to #18 out of respect for Dale Hawerchuk. Can’t imagine we will ever see another #9 in Montreal or Detroit. Sean Avery edges out Dan Carcillo on my top three. Now, if Tim Tebow was a hockey player…
Rob Soria: Neil Sheehy (Flames) - Those of you old enough to remember him know exactly what he was…a puke who’d always stir the pot with his mouth or stick but would never answer the bell when called on. Ryan Kesler (Canucks) - That smug look he always has on his face…the way he carries himself on the ice and with the media makes me want to see someone flatten him whenever possible. Patrick Roy (Habs) - Like Kesler, his behavior on and off the ice always rubbed me the wrong way. Very few instances have brought a bigger smile to my face then Roy’s showboating that cost the Avs in the ’02 playoffs.
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