You know what I love about hockey? I love the way certain players just piss me off. I know that sounds crazy, but I really do. “Hating” other teams and players, which isn’t real hate (usually), is fun. It gets your blood pumping and your juices flowing, and that makes you feel alive.
Can players in other sports do that? Sometimes, sure. But not quite as often. The NHL has players whose sole reason for being in the league is to piss people off. You don’t see that in the NBA, NFL, or MLB.
If you aren’t buying any of this, that’s fine. I could try to construct a nuanced argument for why it’s the case, but that’s hard, and you don’t want to read a 2,000 word essay anyway. Instead, I’m just going to provide you with a list of players that make NHL fans clench their fists and scream at the TV until every vein in their forehead is about to pop–a list that you couldn’t do quite as easily for the other leagues, and one that people will surely disagree with…which will only drive my point home.
Ready to start? Then let’s go.