The folklore started many years ago when he made Rostislav Olesz swallow his mouthguard at the World Juniors and has carried itself through multiple seasons in the NHL. Whether you love him or hate him, Dion Phaneuf is a first class bringer of pain. There aren’t many people more feared in the NHL crossing the open ice than the Leafs captain, and in a lot of ways he has earned the reputation of “next Scott Stevens” with some outrageous hitting.
Denis Hamel, you should have been warned.
At any rate, Phaneuf claimed another victim in a Toronto loss as he clocked Brian Boyle at centre ice as a whistle blew. This is just a good ole fashioned shoulder to should check that didn’t end well. Boyle should be mad at the trap he walked into when Phaneuf’s outlet pass was picked up. He should have known all along.
Simply put: nail, meet hammer. Ouch.