Hockey is a physical sport whose fans can be just as passionate as the players. For agitators and enforcers, earning a spot on a “most hated” list is a mark of pride; for others, the distinction may be more dubious. Nonetheless, as we start in on the 2015-16 season, let’s look at the players you’re going to love to hate.
Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Kesler
Kesler didn’t earn any points with fans when he said he hated Canadians while playing for Team USA in the 2010 Olympics—while he was a player in Vancouver. He lost the rest of the city’s love when he demanded a trade in 2014. It doesn’t help that Kesler’s difficult to play against, with a particular talent for goading opposing players into taking stupid penalties.