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And now, today’s business:
Harold Snepsts - Here at CC, we have a serious case of man crush love for “Harooooooold”. And not because of his dashing good looks. Snepsts was a war horse defensemen, punishing hitter and a feared fighter. Forget about the giveaway to Mike Bossy in OT of game 1 of the ‘82 final, we’re talking about physical toughness here and he was as tough as they came.
There’s no shortage of vintage Snepsts clips, but we like this one, which is from late in his career (while playing for the Wings) taking on the supposed tough guy, Wendel Clark (in his presumed prime). Even an old Harold can open a can of whup ass on the hated Leaf:
And if that wasn’t enough, you can find clips of him in his early days destroying Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, renowned by many as the toughest of the tough Broad Street Bullies (the quality is crap, but the beating is not):
Tim Hunter - So we have to ask the question, was he tough because of that face. Or did he have that face because he wasn’t so good at being tough? We say it was the former that left Hunter with little option but to be one of the most feared and respected heavyweights of his generation. By the time his career brought him to Vancouver, his “best” days were behind him, but his toughness seemed to rub off on the rest of his teammates. He was a key component of the famed ‘94 team. Here he is taking on most of the Winnipeg Jets (including bowling ball headed Tie Domi):
Today’s Honourable Mention:
Sergio Momesso - This lead footed winger could never work his way off the top 3 lines no matter how indifferent his play nor how many boneheaded penalties he took. That said, the “Italian Stallion” was a big body with a nasty temperament. As Tom Larschied was apt to point out, “Sergio looks like a guy that just had his car stolen”.