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Hall of Fame center Doug Gilmour overcame size issues (he was only 5-9 and 150 pounds when he was passed over in the 1981 NHL Draft) to become a tenacious checker with scoring touch for seven NHL teams from 1983-2003. It's worth noting that he was nicknamed ''Killer'' for his intensity.

One of the most hated, and clutch, performers in NHL history (he played the role of agitator and pest for four Stanley Cup champions), the abrasive Lemieux made a stunning return to the NHL this year at age 43, after five years in retirement, giving the Sharks some added bite and earning a nomination for the Masterton Trophy.

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