>PAT VERBEEK

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WHEN YOU’RE THIS AN­NOY­ING, they call you ‘The Lit­tle Ball of Hate.’ Verbeek re­mains the only player in NHL his­tory to score 500 goals and ac­cu­mu­late 2,500 PIM. In the sum­mer of 1985, af­ter his third sea­son in the NHL, a farm­ing ac­ci­dent re­sulted in one of his thumbs be­ing cut off. The thumb was saved and reat­tached, and Verbeek was able to re­sume his ca­reer. He later joked that the ce­ment drained out of his hand when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. Verbeek joined the OHL’s Sud­bury Wolves one year af­ter Dale Hunter left and picked up right where Hunter left off. Verbeek se­ri­ously cut the leg of Wash­ing­ton Capitals de­fense­man Rod Lang­way in 1988, and while the NHL ruled the in­ci­dent an ac­ci­dent, there are those who have their doubts.

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