Enforcer is an unofficial role in ice hockey. The term is sometimes used synonymously with "fighter", "tough guy", or "goon". An enforcer's job is to deter and respond to dirty or violent play by the opposition. When such play occurs, the enforcer is expected to respond aggressively, by fighting or checking the offender. Enforcers are expected to react particularly harshly to violence against star players or goalies.
A hockey enforcer is a player who tries to protect their teammates by typically engaging in fisticuffs with opposing players, often the other team’s enforcer. Some clubs still employ an enforcer but they are slowing being phased out of the game.
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Hockey enforcers are players on an ice hockey team designated to physically respond to cheap shots or violence aimed at any of their teammates. This is a violent position in hockey and very controversial.
This is a list of enforcers who have played in the National Hockey League.. Currently active players. The following are currently active NHL ice hockey enforcers and current minor league enforcers with NHL experience, listed alphabetically by their last name.
Enforcer is an unofficial role in hockey. The term is sometimes used synonymously with "fighter", "tough guy" or "goon". An enforcer's job is to deter and respond to dirty or violent play by the opposition. When such play occurs, the enforcer is expected to respond aggressively, by fighting or checking the offender. Enforcers are expected to react particularly harshly to violence against star players.
While no hockey player is officially listed as “enforcer” on the depth chart, these guys might as well have been. Discussing Bobby Robins and Zac Rinaldo, Steve Lepore of Rolling Stone wrote the two are “what's known throughout hockey as classic enforcers. They can skate a little bit, will maybe pop in a goal or two, but are there primarily to ‘protect’ his teammates from the other team's goon.”
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Think about what a hockey enforcer (what we used to call a goon just like we used to call escorts hookers or stockbrokers sociopaths) does: he is the minor but essential figure who shows up in an arena with the object of instigating misconduct (hopefully without receiving a game misconduct). Above all, his purpose is to settle scores and entertain a crowd while invigorating his teammates.
Ice Guardians: Directed by Brett Harvey. With Jay Baruchel, Jarome Iginla, Chris Chelios, Brett Hull. On-ice enforcers struggle to rise through the professional ranks of the world's most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new found fight for the existence of the role itself.
Dave Semenko was entrusted with protecting Jari Kurri, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, and, most importantly, Wayne Gretzky during his time with the Edmonton Oilers. Semenko joined the Oilers before they joined the NHL and went on to serve as the enforcer on one of the most memorable teams in league history.