Love them or hate them, you have to have them on your team. Some players don’t score all the goals and somebody has to step up when a fight or physical play is in order. Some of the players that do score all the goals get under a fan’s skin just because they can. These players don’t have to get the biggest paycheck on their teams, but they sure you get the job done. Here are the Central Division’s five most hated players.
Apr 22, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. The Jets beat the Sabres 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
There is something unique about Dustin Byfuglien. He’s played in three different cities over the past four years, but he always found a home. The legend that started back in Chicago in 2010 is still very much alive today.
Byfuglien quickly rose to fame on the tide of the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run just four seasons ago in 2010. He became a fan favorite after agitating the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville predators to their demise in Chicago’s playoff run.
“Big Buff” earned his nickname, crashing the crease and causing much commotion, especially against the Blackhawks’ bitter rival, the Canucks. What Was even more frustrating is that Byfuglien has the ability to score the big goal also and he demonstrated more than once in the post-season, usually accompanied by a mocking celebration.
Things are a lot different now for Byfuglien; he has a new home in Winnipeg with the Jets, and is now defenseman. Even now, he continues with his brash ways and is still found under the skin of fans league-wide.