Taking a Beating: League Leaders in Getting Hit

We all know who the big hitters are, but have you ever wondered who gets hit the most? Looking at road hits over the last two seasons, it's primarily defensemen:

Player Hits Against
Stephane Robidas 191
Douglas Murray 187
Zbynek Michalek 181
Brian Campbell 172
Tom Gilbert 170
Fedor Tyutin 167
Tuomo Ruutu 165
Ryan Kesler 163
Jason Blake 159
Brian Rafalski 159

This makes sense: most hitting is along the boards and is done by forwards fighting for the puck. Also, a lot of players probably look forward to taking a run at Douglas Murray.

And who had the highest ratio of hits received to dished out? [Minimum 50 hits received]

Player Hits For Hits Agt Ratio
Pierre-Marc Bouchard 6 60 10.00
Steven Reinprecht 9 88 9.78
Phil Kessel 8 72 9.00
Tyler Arnason 7 58 8.29
Loui Eriksson 16 131 8.19
Michael Nylander 7 53 7.57
Daniel Sedin 12 84 7.00
Tom Preissing 10 56 5.60
Mike Lundin 11 61 5.55
Ales Hemsky 21 115 5.48
Patrick Kane 21 113 5.38
Brian Rafalski 31 159 5.13
Miroslav Satan 15 75 5.00
Jeff Woywitka 15 75 5.00

Mostly skilled forwards this time, though there are a few defensemen. And what about the opposite end?

Player Hits For Hits Agt Ratio
Trent Hunter 153 60 0.39
Tim Gleason 150 63 0.42
Shea Weber 141 60 0.43
Jarret Stoll 123 54 0.44
Greg Zanon 134 60 0.45
Cal Clutterbuck 158 74 0.47
Francis Bouillon 123 62 0.50
Toni Lydman 180 91 0.51
Cody McLeod 147 76 0.52
Ruslan Salei 123 64 0.52
Niclas Wallin 121 63 0.52
Milan Lucic 201 106 0.53
Adam Mair 106 56 0.53
Mike Fisher 186 99 0.53
Dustin Brown 210 113 0.54
Brooks Orpik 223 120 0.54
Mike Grier 115 62 0.54
Chris Kunitz 183 99 0.54
Jerred Smithson 112 61 0.54

A lot of players here with reputations for physical play. Not surprisingly, there's no player who hits 10 times as often as he gets hit. It's easy to not hit anyone and thus get hit at a much higher rate. But once you start hitting people, you're guaranteed to get lined up a few times yourself.

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