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Top 15 Enforcers That Were Actually Good Hockey Players

The word "goon" is often tied in with the word "enforcer" in the NHL. This is not entirely accurate as there have been many players in the past and present that can drops the mitts and play the game extremely well. We definitely have to walk a fine line when writing this list, in terms of what exactly constitutes as an enforcer. For example, Jarome Iginla is an example of an exceptional hockey player that can take care of himself and his teammates. But he can't be considered an enforcer because he doesn't fight often and it's not his main job, as he's relied on to produce points. A feared player like Dale Hunter also cannot be considered because amidst all his penalty minutes and dirty plays, he barely fought. What about John Scott? Now, that's a goon...

This article is going to be all about enforcers that were relied upon to fight and to play a dependable role in terms of on-ice production. Without further ado, here at the top 15 enforcers that were good hockey players!

15 Matthew Barnaby

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14 Chris Simon

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13 Stan Jonathan

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12 Tie Domi

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11 Brad May

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10 Dave Manson

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9 Chris Neil

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8 Shayne Corson

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7 Marty McSorley

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6 Chris Nilan

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5 Dave Semenko

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4 Bob Probert

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3 Eddie Shore

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2 Terry O'Reilly

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1 John Ferguson

"Fergy" was the ultimate team guy. He would actually walk out of restaurants if he saw an opponent sitting there, refusing to breathe the same air as his foe. His intensity matched that of Eddie Shore, except Ferguson wouldn't take as many senseless penalties as him. Standing at 5'11", he was not the biggest guy but he had a crazy chin. At times, he would take heavy haymakers and stand there unfazed until he would throw one of his own and drop his opponent like a sack of bricks. Ferguson had a short career, only playing eight NHL seasons, but he made his time count. Out of his 71 career fights, he barely lost any. He was also a solid contributor, as he chipped in 303 points in 500 games.

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