Top 15 NHLers Who Hurt Their Career With Awful Decisions

When it comes to an NHL career, a lot that can go wrong. One of the biggest deterrents to a career that lives up to your expectations, is the hope that you will be able to stay injury free. There are countless players whose potential was never able to be reached because they were unable to stay healthy.

That being said, an injury is hardly something that we could consider as a terrible decision. It's not as if it was an active effort, but there are other deterrents that can hinder any promising career. You may be a talented player, but you are only as good as the contract that you have signed. Are you being paid like one of the best players in hockey? That's fantastic, and a wonderful accomplishment, but let's hope you can live up to your salary. For players that often sign lucrative deals and can't live up to them, their future in the NHL as a whole (much less as a starter) can be called into question.

As a result, you need to make sure that you have an agent that is able to consider both your current playing situation and what your future with the club will look like.

Another deterrent to any promising hockey career may be your inability to be a clean hockey player on the ice. There is nothing wrong with playing with a bit of an edge, but some players take that part of the game too far and it can completely ruin your legacy and future in the league.

It's hard to classify suspended players as making 'one move', as they are often repeat offenders and as a result are punished even more severely for their transgressions.

For whatever reason landed these individuals on the list, these are 15 of the biggest mistakes (at least at the time) that these NHL players made.

14 Cristobal Huet 

13 Alexei Yashin 


12 Wade Redden 


11 Ilya Bryzgalov 

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10 Sean Avery 


9 David Clarkson 

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8 Raffi Torres 

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7 Marty McSorley 


6 Dany Heatley 

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5 Chris Simon 


4 Slava Voynov 

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3 Jesse Boulerice 


2 Anson Carter 


1 Todd Bertuzzi 

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Todd Bertuzzi was a top tier power forward in the league and watching the west-coast-express with him, Naslund and Morrison was always a great treat. However, Bertuzzi’s decision to punch Steve Moore in the back of the neck is by far the worst decision that anyone has made in NHL history. The punch severely injured Moore and ended his playing career. It led to a lengthy suspension for Bertuzzi, that included missing some playoff action. While Bertuzzi was able to find success for teams outside of Vancouver, he was never the same and the incident forever marred his career.

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