Hockey is a physical sport whose fans can be just as passionate as the players. For agitators and enforcers, earning a spot on a â€śmost hatedâ€ť list is a mark of pride; for others, the distinction may be more dubious. Nonetheless, as we start in on the 2015-16 season, letâ€™s look at the players youâ€™re going to love to hate.
Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Kesler
Kesler didnâ€™t earn any points with fans when he said he hated Canadians while playing for Team USA in the 2010 Olympicsâ€”while he was a player in Vancouver. He lost the rest of the cityâ€™s love when he demanded a trade in 2014. It doesnâ€™t help that Keslerâ€™s difficult to play against, with a particular talent for goading opposing players into taking stupid penalties.