Patrick Kaleta: The NHL’s Ultimate Agitator

March 21st, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »

Love to play with him, hate to play against him.

When the Buffalo Sabres drafted Patrick Kaleta with the 176th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, they knew that they were getting a hard-hitting grinder who may put up 10 points a season, but they didn’t know they were drafting the league’s best agitator.

From Kaleta’s bone-crushing hits to his overly elaborate goal celebrations (see picture), he knows just how to get under the opposing team's skin.

He’ll line another player up from the other side of the ice and knock them through the boards. Once he collects his first hit, then the first part of his job is done—he has let the other team know that he’s on the ice.

Once an opposing player takes exception to one of Kaleta’s hits, or one of his goalie poke-checks, or one of taunts, then the second part of his job ...

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