9. Todd Bertuzzi sucker punches Steve Moore in the back of the head.
Punishment: 20-game suspension (estimated $501,926.39 lost salary), pleaded guilty to assault
Frustrated that he couldn't instigate Steve Moore into fighting him late in a blowout loss, Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi decided to lash out in the most vicious way possible. He skated up behind Moore, grabbed his jersey, punched him in the back of the head, then rode him down to the ice, smashing Moore's face on the ground. A totally unconscious Moore fractured three veterbrae in his neck and suffered a concussion, and would never play again. Moore's lawsuit against Bertuzzi went to trial this past April.