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Yup, still scary.

Yup, still scary.

 

Down Goes Brown wrote a delightful post for Grantland about the biggest NHL dirtbags, inspiring this series of posts about the details of their dirtbagginess and resultant injuries. No dirtbag discussion is complete without mention of Darcy Tucker, whose insane facial expressions alone are enough to strike fear into the hearts of children everywhere.

Darcy Tucker. Say his name, stand back and watch the expletives fly from the lips of Islanders fans. And Flyers fans. And Senators fans. And most other people. Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have a love/hate relationship with him – loving his willingness to fight anyone, hating his dumb penalties and cap hit that lasts until 2014. Like fellow dirtbag Sean Avery, Tucker inspired an NHL rule change. Unlike Sean Avery, he didn’t do it by pissing off a goalie, he did it by destroying someone’s knee.

 

Mike Peca’s Knee

 

Amazingly, Peca's neck survived this crash landing intact.

Amazingly, Peca’s neck survived this crash landing intact.

 

In the first round of the 2001-02 playoffs the Maple Leafs met the Islanders in a series that was more fights and cheap hits than actual hockey playing. Game five was particularly ugly, seeing the end to Mike Peca’s season (and knee) and an incredibly filthy Gary Roberts hit that knocked Kenny Jonsson out for the season (literally). While the Tucker hit wasn’t technically dirty at the time, it resulted in the clipping rule:

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At the under-18′s this year (division two), Lithuania gave up a short-handed goal to Great Britain with 32 seconds left that put GB up 3-2, which would end up being the final score of the game. That’s a frustrating way to lose.

So, naturally, a Lithuanian player whipped his stick helicopter style at a ref.

I don’t know if it was intentional or not (the “at the ref” part, I mean) – I’m leaning towards yes – but either way, that just happened. Remember kids: displays of anger and ref-blaming are key parts of the sporting culture, and it’s important to look at players like this as role models.

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 (Stick-tap to Deadspin)