The list of dirtiest players in the NHL right now is a list full of thugs, goons, headhunters, and also MVPs. The sport is known for his physicality and with physicality comes dirty plays and mean hockey players. Whether it's cross-checking, slashing, high-sticking, or slew footing, the meanest players on this list have tried every dirty move in the book!
From penalty box stalwarts like Alexander Radulov and Nikita Zadorov to players with nicknames like The Rat (Brad Marchand), the NHL is home to some of the dirtiest athletes in sports, many beloved by their own teams' fans but hated by the rest of league.
So vote for who you think is the dirtiest NHL player right now. Pass this list over to your fellow hockey fans so they can cross-check it and rank who they feel is No. 1!
The young Calgary Flames left-winger hasn't been in the league very long but has already made enemies across the league. Opposing players have gone on record dubbing him as the most hated player in the league, which is quite an accomplishment for someone so early in his career. If you think he's dirty and hated now, just wait until he gains some of that veteran craftiness later on!
337113A dirty player?
- Position: Left Wing
Nazem Kadri comes down hard on whoever is in his way and has racked up a lot of penalty minutes for his hits, and even a few suspensions (four to be exact). He's a headhunter, going after players and both physically and verbally, making him one of the dirtiest players currently in the NHL.
313109A dirty player?
- Position: Centerman
Brendan Lemieux, much like his father Claude, is known around the league as an agitator to opposing teams. Lemieux has been described as a thug and a headhunter...like father like son!
21283A dirty player?
- Position: Winger
Corey Perry isn't just a dirty player, he's also a scorer! While his goals have dipped over the years, he's been making up for it with a nasty and aggressive style that includes late hits and trash talk.
261119A dirty player?
- Position: Right wing