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I don't hate any player, but there are some whose actions I despise. There have been plenty over the years - Ken Linesman. Ulf Samuelsson (cue Don Cherry rant here!), Claude Lemieux. Darcy Tucker - whose antics sickened me.
Currently, it's Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins (cue Cherry again). His cheap shots have career-threatening consequences for his victims, as Boston's Marc Savard can attest, and no place in hockey.
2. Other Than Your Own, The Team You Can't Help Rooting For
I'll be a Montreal Canadiens fan until the day I die, but I also root for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
I became a fan of the Penguins long before they won their Stanley Cup titles, thanks to the brilliance of Mario Lemieux. I was also a fan of Jaromir Jagr during the 1990s. I feared for the Penguins' future when it was rumored they would be relocated, was relieved when it didn't happen, and thrilled when they won the rights in the 2005 Draft to select Sidney Crosby, who carried them four years later to a third Stanley Cup.
This is a team that has seen such tremendous highs and lows over the past 25-plus years, and that's ultimately why I've cheered for them. Unless they're playing the Habs. Then, they suck.
3. Favorite Fight or Brawl of All-Time.
Vincent Lecavalier vs Jarome Iginla, 2004 Stanley Cup Final. I know most hockey fans love to see fights between enforcers, but those bouts don't have the charm for me of seeing two really good players, in the heat of the action of an important game, losing their tempers, dropping the gloves and whaling the tar out of each other. For me, that bout typifies "old school" hockey, when the top players didn't need goons to fight their battles for them.