There are a number of titles one can give to a hockey player whose speciality is the physical game.
Enforcer. Fighter. Tough guy.
Craftsman might best suit the Florida Panthers' Krys Barch.
The nine-year veteran, in his second stint with the Cats, has found his niche by evolving with the role once regarded as a team's policeman protecting star players.
As the need to drop the gloves has diminished in the NHL in recent years, Barch has found other ways to contribute. Usually held to a team-low 6:55 ice time per game, he is a positive influence on the bench, locker room and at practice.
"Even if he doesn't play as much as other guys, on the bench, he is always positive. He's always cheering the guys," Jonathan Huberdeau said. "I know he's really into the game and it shows how good of a leader he is, as a person, and in the room, too. He knows the game well."
A student of the game, Barch loves to talk about all aspects of hockey. He remains a firm, vocal believer that fighting should r...