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The List: NHL’s most hated players

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Many NHL fans hate Sidney Crosby

Hockey fans are never shy about expressing their feelings, especially in Philadelphia. (Chris Szagola/CSM/Landov)

By Allan Muir

So Forbes came out with an article detailing America’s 10 most disliked athletes. No surprise that hockey wasn’t represented on the list. I mean, “most-disliked” simply doesn’t apply to this game. We don’t deal in anything so namby-pamby. Hockey’s all about passion, about love and hate. So here are the guys you most love to loathe.

10. Patrick Kaleta, Sabres

Reacting to Kaleta’s 2009 head shot on Montreal’s Andrei Markov, TSN’s Dave Hodge wondered if the agitator might be better off playing without a stick since he wasn’t bothering to play the puck. Kaleta has matured somewhat, but he’s still basically a hit-to-hurt player, a human missile with little interest in anything other than creating chaos on ice.

9. Steve Ott, Sabres

I had a hard time putting him on this list because there are plenty of players around the league who respect Ott’s hellbent-for-leather game. Still, he’s made his share of enemies as hockey’s most industrious chirper (the guy does his homework to personalize his taunts for maximum impact) and as someone who isn’t afraid to deliver a late hit.

8. Jordin Tootoo, Red Wings

Tootoo earned his shot in the NHL as a high-energy winger who could send a message with a thundering body check. He’s since gained a reputation as a careless player, someone who’ll hit too high, too low or too late. He’s been suspended multiple times, most recently for running Ryan Miller.

7. Alex Burrows, Canucks

Maybe it’s because he had to work his way up from the ECHL, but Burrows plays the game with a chip on his shoulder…not always the good kind. This is the guy who bit Patrice Bergeron’s finger during the Stanley Cup Final two years ago. He’s also the notorious diver who showed up referee Stephane Auger with a post-whistle smirk. Burrows has too much talent to resort to cheap tricks.

6. Mike Ribeiro, Capitals

It’s hard to say what makes Ribeiro more detestable: his incessant yapping or his constant flopping. For a strong skater, it’s amazing how easy he is to knock off his feet (the breeze from a skate-by or a sideways glance often does the trick). And the whining: Does anyone gripe more to the officials about things not going his way?

5. Raffi Torres, Coyotes

Now that Matt Cooke has reformed his game, Torres might be hockey’s most dangerous cheap shot artist. Free to wreak havoc again after serving the 21-game suspension he earned last spring for nearly decapitating Marian Hossa, he’s due to leave his feet for a late hit any day now.

4. Daniel Carcillo, Blackhawks

Carcillo is the boy who cried wolf, the NHL’s most prolific embellisher. He’s been called a fraud and an embarrassment to the game by Pierre McGuire. His act even inspired a Carcillo Academy of Diving t-shirt. And that doesn’t even take into account his reputation for late, high hits.

3. Brad Marchand, Bruins

Like Burrows, the Little Ball of Hate plays the game on (and often over) the edge. He hits late, he hits low, and he’s got a mouth the size of Boston Harbor. Then he rubs it in by being a pretty decent player.

2. Max Lapierre, Canucks

Mike Milbury called Lapierre a “punk” and said he “denigrates the game” after a series of incidents during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Lapierre has talent, but it seems like he works double-time to cover it up with his chirping and after-the-whistle contact. He might be the league’s premier hit-and-run artist, stirring the pot and leaving others on his team to pay the price.

1. P.K. Subban, Canadiens

So maybe the recent report on Hockey Night In Canada suggesting that Subban is hated in the Habs’ dressing room was overstated, but it’s obvious that he has bridges to rebuild, and not just because of his lengthy contract dispute. Subban’s flashy personality on and off the ice is a break from hockey tradition, and that clearly rankles some people. Too bad. I think the game needs more characters like him.

  • Published On Feb 07, 2013
  • 16 comments
    DuanePVigue
    DuanePVigue

    Id wager to say the most hated player in the NHL is Sydney Crosby if we're judging based on fan polls.  The only people who are fans of Crosby are hit teammates and family.  He dives, whines and plays just as dirty as anyone else in the league, except he's the league poster boy so he doesn't get a bad rap.  Threw a dirty elbow in a game just the other night but nobody talks about those things he does, which are equally as prevalent as his great play.

    chico_hawk
    chico_hawk

    Carcillo is an idiot - end of story.   Hopefully Bowman clues in that his team doesn't need this clown on the roster - he'll only create a side show that will embarrass the entire organization.

     

    Amazingly, despite Carcillo missing games due to suspension 3 separate times last season which, when combined with games missed due to injury suffered on the play highlighted above, resulted in him missing over half the season, Bowman nevertheless, incredibly signed him to a 2 yr contract extension!!!

    TerryBoake
    TerryBoake

    Personally, if someone stuck their finger in my mouth like that, they should expect to pull back a stump. Bergeron called Burrows bluff, yet Burrows gets the heat. I still don't understand this. 

    Jeremy13
    Jeremy13

    I'd personally put Torres and Tootoo higher on the list, but to each his own.  Why does Marchand get Verbeek's nickname?  Pat Verbeek is the Little Ball of Hate. 

    as88
    as88

    PK should not be on the list at all!

    SoCalSteve92223
    SoCalSteve92223

    If whining is a valid criteria for hating a player, Sidney Crosby should be on this list.

    MarkusWallace
    MarkusWallace

    seems to me like it's the most hated on NHL players... but PK is not much like the other players on this list, really the only difference is, he's black, and his game is creative. On the ice, he talks more then the average guy, but certainly not to the level of a maxim lapierre, a Dan Carcillo, or a Brad Marchand who once gave the finger to the Montreal crowd. But anyways, this list seems outdated... PK was loud during his rookie year, but not so much last year and this year so far. And Mike ribeiro? really? that reputation goes back in his days with the habs!

    J12
    J12

    Does the author watch hockey? There are far worse than what he's put up here. Let's get recent! Also, I'd like to nominate Bettman as #1 on ANY hated list.

    CP_CNC
    CP_CNC

    I can't take anything that Mike Milbury says seriously.

    LETS GO PENS
    LETS GO PENS

     @DuanePVigue Ive seen every single game hes played and its hilarious people like you cant open your eyes or come up with something different by now. I havent even seen him be accused of diving in about 3 years and most times he is are not dives.

     

    Hes the captain and captains talk to the refs but morons like you and other crosby haters think every time his lips move it MUST be him crying.

     

    Dirty elbow when? against the devils? he barely hit him give me a break. 

     

    its so funny how many people complain about how much crosby so called cries but i hear you and these other people crying way more than he ever has. Get a life and grow up

    Dustin Madlung
    Dustin Madlung

    I agree, I live in Wisconsin and Crosby would be the most hated player between the people I know who watch hockey because he is a cry baby and talks crap but then has is goons defend him.

    DuanePVigue
    DuanePVigue

     @MarkusWallace

     When did Marchand give the finger to a Montreal crowd?  Doesn't surprise me, a Hab fan getting their "facts" mixed up.

    LETS GO PENS
    LETS GO PENS

     @Dustin Madlung when you have someone of crosbys talent on your team they are ALWAYS going to set it up so his teamates fight instead of him. Please learn how hockey works because you obviously dont have a clue. Why would the pens coaches and organization want crosby fighting people? please tell me one good reason why??? He has taken more sh** on the ice than any other player but people like you ONLY look at certain instances and thats being IGNORANT.

     

    when does he cry? i watch every game and i never see this crying hes accused of. Like i said before hes the Captain, he is allowed to talk to the refs and just because his lips move or he has a conversation with a ref doesnt mean hes "crying" so once again you are ignorant. 

     

    people like you are pathetic honeslty, you all cry more about crosby crying than you accuse him of crying.

    NP18
    NP18

     @Dustin Madlung Crosby has dropped the gloves on multiple occasions, he hardly ever has his goons defend him. He has even dropped the mitts in defense of his teammates, shows how much knowledge they have in wisconsin...

    BrendonAgnew
    BrendonAgnew

     @DuanePVigue  @MarkusWallace Yeah, were all the same.  Way to paint an entire fan-base with the same brush..............btw, it was Andrew Ference, who didnt even have the sack to admit it.

    Dustin Madlung
    Dustin Madlung

    @NP18 For starters, I never said he has never dropped the gloves. But seems like everytime I watch a game he is crying to the refs about something, or talking smack as he is skating to the bench and then its somebody else on his team that does something to the player Crosby was crying to. Yea and way to insult Wisconsin for stupidity when we are always among the nation's best for test scores. We may not have a big enough market for a hockey team, but we still follow it and know a lot about it.