Boston Bruins: Who Will Spend the Most Time in Penalty Box in 2013-14
While this current group of players isn't the "Big Bad Bruins" from earlier decades, the roster is filled with tough guys that do spend time in the penalty box.
Who will be the Bruins that spend the most time in the box this season?
5. Brad Marchand
Super-pest Brad Marchand gets away with a lot of shenanigans but still spends a lot of time in the box.
The 25-year-old will slash, hook and trip many of his opponents. Even though that is what makes him who he is, No. 63 will still get called for a lot of his infractions.
No matter what you think of him, Marchand will get called for penalties semi-frequently just by the nature of how he plays: hard.
4. Adam McQuaid
The rugged right-shooting defenseman is no stranger to the penalty box.
McQuaid plays like a defenseman should: tough and gritty. He will clear out the front of the net and go into the corners hard. He plays with reckless abandon for his body when trying to prevent his opponents from scoring.
Last season, McQuaid was second on the time with six fighting majors and third on the team with 60 penalty minutes. Expect him to be near the top of those categories once again.
3. Zdeno Chara
The captain of the Bruins defends his own zone as well as anyone can, and that frequently sends him to the box.
He doesn't fight that often (only seven in the last four seasons according to hockeyfights.com), but Chara cross-checks with the best of them. He, like McQuaid, defends the crease and forces forwards to the corners with his big frame.
In the 2012-13 season, Chara had the second-most penalty minutes (70) on the team. His style of play won't change, and he'll be near the top of the list in PIM this season.
2. Milan Lucic
The bruising forward can make a second home out of the sin bin. The most-penalized Bruin last season, Lucic drops the gloves frequently (five fighting majors last season, via ESPN).
The Vancouver native cross-checks and hits his opponents into the glass often and with authority. A VIP guest in after-the-whistle scrums, it's not a surprise to see Lucic getting escorted to the box by a referee after a gathering in front of the net.
Lucic led the B's in 2008-09 with 136 penalty minutes and has finished first or second on the team in penalty minutes in each of the last three seasons, with 135, 121 and 70 penalty minutes, respectively. It would be a smart wager to bet that it will happen for a fourth year in a row.
1. Shawn Thornton
The fourth-line winger and team enforcer, Shawn Thornton spends as much time in the box as Sidney Crosby does on the score sheet.
Thornton, who led the team with eight fighting majors last season, has registered at least 122 penalty minutes in each of his five seasons with Boston (leading the time in PIM three times).
According to hockeyfights.com, Thornton had 17 fighting majors in 2008-09, 21 in 2009-10, 14 in 2010-11 and 20 in 2011-12.
If only he got paid the same amount to fight as Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Thornton doesn't get nearly the amount of ice time as the other players on this list, but his role sends him to the box more than anyone else. Nothing will change this season.