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Top 15 Most "Punchable" Faces In The NHL

What makes a face “punchable?” Is it simply a visceral reaction that we have to certain people? Or is there a more definitive, scientific explanation. One neurologist from George Washington University offers his expert opinion with respect to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who has one of the most “punchable” faces in recent political history. Writing for Psychology Today, Dr. Richard E. Cytowic says, “It’s hard to look at Ted Cruz’s face. He’s said to be a brilliant orator with a sharp legal mind. But his expression unsettles me.” He goes on to explain how Cruz’s downturned lips, his lowered eyebrows, and other atypical facial gestures (such as his inability to produce a genuine smile) make him, and many others, uncomfortable. So there you have it. Having a “punchable” face is a medical condition.

With that said, here’s the list of the top 15 most “punchable” faces in the NHL. We’re sure many of you will have your own list of players who you consider punchable, so feel free to let us know in the comments. To be clear, this isn’t just the list of the ugliest players in the NHL (although some of the names on this list did appear on our list of the ugliest NHL players). These players have punchable faces for various reasons. As Dr. Cytowic explains, sometimes it’s just an automatic reaction that we have to someone’s facial features. On the other hand, sometimes a face is punchable because of the person behind it. That is, certain players have garnered the reputation of being dirty, and whenever you look at them you’re reminded of what they represent and you just want to punch them in the face.

15 Dion Phaneuf

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14 Zdeno Chara

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13 Zac Rinaldo

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12 Scott Hartnell

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11 Chris Neil

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10 Milan Lucic

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9 Dale Weise

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8 The Sedins

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7 Alex Ovechkin

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6 Tyler Kennedy

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5 Tuukka Rask 

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4 Patrick Kane

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3 Semyon Varlamov

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2 Phil Kessel

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1 Brad Marchand

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Brad Marchand has to have the most punchable face in the league. Not only is he a pest on the ice, often considered one of the dirtiest players in the game, but he does it all while sporting a crap-eating grin, as if he’s fully aware of how people perceive him and doesn’t care. Marchand’s been suspended on more than one occasion for his foul play, with the most recent coming just before the 2016 Winter Classic after he illegally clipped another player. We’re not the only ones who think his face is punchable; several players have taken a run at him over the years, with perhaps the most popular being his fight with former Canadian Juniors teammate P.K. Subban, who might be equally annoying, but far more handsome.

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