WHAM! BAM! Thank you, man! FOXSports.com has your back this season, bringing you the best tough guy whacks. An NHL tough guy isn't necessarily someone who goes out and beats the snot out of an opponent every night. Sure, goons like that still exist in the league, but an NHL tough guy is more than that. He is a player who will not only stand up for himself and/or his teammates, but will also play through and dish out pain or a game-changing check whenever his team needs him to do so. Each Wednesday, FOXSports.com's NHL Tough Guy Tracker will spotlight those players and some of the best scraps from around the league. — Punch Imback
Trevor Gillies vs. Eric Goddard
Pittsburgh's Eric Godard dropped the gloves with New York Islanders pugilist Trevor Gillies a little over two minutes into their affair on Oct. 15. Godard did enough damage in the early part of the bout to take the W, but Gillies came on strong in the end and landed some lethal lefts.
Adam Foote, Colorado Avalanche
After seeing his teammate Kyle Cumiskey get steamrolled into the boards by New Jersey's Rod Pelley, Colorado's 39-year-old captain Adam Foote took matters into his own hands and dropped the gloves with the Devils' 26-year-old forward.
Chris Neil, Ottawa Senators
With his team in an early 3-0 hole Monday night in Pittsburgh, Ottawa's Chris Neil tried to rev up his bench by riding Deryk Engelland hard into the sideboards. Seconds later, the Senators' tough guy then dropped the mitts with the Penguins' feisty 28-year-old defender.
Mark Fraser vs. Cody McCormick
On Oct. 13 in Buffalo, New Jersey's Mark Fraser took exception to being sandwiched behind the Devils' net by the Sabres Cody McCormick and Patrick Kaleta, so the next time he came face-to-face with McCormick he dropped the gloves. The two went toe-to-toe for 44 seconds in a heated scrap that ended in a draw.
Brandon Prust, New York Rangers
Brandon Prust got the Garden rocking on Oct. 15 when he took on and beat Toronto's Mike Brown. Prust brought the home crowd to its feet by scoring potent punches on the Maple Leafs middleweight from start to finish.
Michael Rupp vs. Jody Shelley
On Oct. 16 at The Wac, Pittsburgh's Mike Rupp held his own against Philly's Jody Shelley, one of the best heavyweights in the NHL. The two combatants traded flesh-finding rights in the scuffle, but in the end the decision went to Shelley because he also landed a ton of jersey jabs on his dance partner.
Chris Stewart vs. Zenon Konopka
It didn't take New York's Zenon Konopka and Colorado's Chris Stewart long to get at each other's throats on Oct. 16 at the Nassau Coliseum. The two squared off at center ice right after the opening draw and didn't disappoint the crowd, as they traded blows for almost one minute and twenty seconds.
B.J. Crombeen, St. Louis Blues
With his team down 1-0 early to the Predators on Oct. 14, Blues' winger B.J. Crombeen tried to get his team going by starting a scrap with Shane O'Brien right off a draw. It only took Crombeen 11 seconds and four overhand rights to put O'Brien on ice.
D.J. King vs. Trevor Gillies
Washington's D.J. King wanted to make an impression on his teammates in his first regular season game for the Caps, so he went out and nailed New York's Andrew MacDonald behind the Islanders goal in the first period. Unfortunately for King, Trevor Gillies was right there to stick up for his teammate, feeding the Capitals winger some nasty lefts.
Deryk Engelland, Pittsburgh Penguins
Toronto's Colton Orr made Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland eat some CONSOL Energy Center glass on Oct. 13 when he smashed Engelland hard into the glass behind the Pittsburgh net in the second period. But Engelland didn't let Orr get away with the hit, as he dropped the NHL heavyweight to the ice with a solid right a few seconds later in a scrap between the circles in the Penguins' end.