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Top 20 Dallas Stars Players, #5: Derian Hatcher

(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images/NHLI)
(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images/NHLI)

Overview: Derian Hatcher was drafted No. 8 overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, making his NHL debut on October 11, 1991. He would move with the team to Dallas in 1993 and served as the team's captain during the 1999 Stanley Cup Championship and until his departure for Detroit in 2003.

In 11 seasons in Dallas, Hatcher had 71 goals, 223 assists and 1,380 penalty minutes.

Why He's On The List:



Silent brutality.

Steadfast warrior.

Derian Hatcher epitomized everything that was Dallas Stars hockey, the perfect team captain for this franchise. He was never the most outspoken or even the most publicly visible player, but his leadership on the ice was legendary. He was the first to come to the aid or protection of a teammate and along with Richard Matvichuk formed one of the premier shutdown pairings in all of hockey.

While his departure from the Stars franchise left many fans feeling betrayed and angry, Hatcher will always have a very important and special place in the history of this team. He was one of the best captains of his day and an unheralded talent -- he was certainly a physical force but he was a much better hockey player than he gets credit for today.

Finally -- there's this. His shining moment. While it's a bit macabre to celebrate such brutality it's important to remember that hockey was a different sport in those days. Hatcher was punished, but his victim has since acknowledged that he likely deserved what happened.

Derian Hatcher vs. Jeremy Roenick.