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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21678202 Display of power Display+of+power NHL

While players from years gone by – from Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull to Terry O’Reilly and Clark Gillies – have displayed the hard-nosed power forward position, this list is reserved for the men who skated during or after the label entered hockey’s vernacular:

And the definition of a power forward was born with Boston Bruins brawler-sniper Cam Neely. In the late 1980s and early ‘90s, the right winger ruled the NHL as a physical force who was a devastating bodychecker, feared fighter and skilled scorer. One of only nine NHLers to score 50 goals in 50 games – needing only 44 injury-plagued games in 1993-94 – Neely was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Mark Messier was a better overall player than Neely, but his days as a true power forward, on the wing, while dominant, were limited to early in his career.He spent most of his career as a center.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21679141 Cam Neely Cam+Neely NHL

Bruins fans still curse Ulf Samuelsson’s name.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21690003 Mark Messier Mark+Messier NHL

Six-time Cup winner second in all-time points.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21689048 Jarome Iginla Jarome+Iginla NHL

Surname means "Big Tree" in his father’s native African language.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21677513 Brendan Shanahan Brendan+Shanahan NHL

Should be celebrated for play and attempts to better game.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21689049 Eric Lindros Eric+Lindros NHL

Unstoppable force before concussions.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21690007 Keith Tkachuk Keith+Tkachuk NHL

First American to lead NHL in goals (52 in ’96-97).

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21677514 Rick Tocchet Rick+Tocchet+ NHL

Known as much for his fisticuffs, Stanley Cup winner had 440 career goals.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21690006 Kevin Stevens Kevin+Stevens NHL

Two-time NHL all-star and U.S. Olympian also won two Cups.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21689051 John LeClair John+LeClair NHL

‘Legion of Doom’ member had back-to-back-to-back 50-goal campaigns.

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NHL 142 43 All-time NHL Power Forwards 21689050 Tim Kerr Tim+Kerr+ NHL

Hard to believe this four-time 50-goal man went undrafted.

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