The New England Sports Network released their list of the top 10 dirtiest players in the NHL. Matt Cooke, the Penguins forward who is reviled in New England for his blindside hit on Marc Savard that resulted in a concussion, topped the list. The reputation of Chris Pronger was enough to solidify his high-ranking status of third dirtiest player. NESN had this to say about the defenseman:
3. Chris Pronger, Philadelphia: Pronger is a former Norris Trophy winner, Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist. He’s also one nasty SOB that’s long been on the league’s radar for his dirty play. He’s been suspended eight times for a totals of 22 games, with four games for a stick to the throat of Pat Peake, four more for slashing Jeremy Roenick, one for leaving the bench to fight Kelly Buchberger, two for cross-checking Brenden Morrow, one for kicking Ville Nieminen, one for elbowing Tomas Homstrom in the 2007 playoffs, one for a head shot on Dean McAmmond in the Cup finals that year and eight for stomping on Ryan Kesler with his skate.
You’ll notice none of these incidents occurred during his tenure in Philadelphia. Is Chris Pronger mellowing out in his old age?
Former Flyer, Steve Downie, also made the cut. You can read the full list here.