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The typical professional hockey player is a force to be reckoned with – bruised, burly and, more often than not, big. With an average size of 6’2” and 204 pounds, many players in the NHL stand 3.5 inches taller than the average American and Canadian male. As the NHL gets bigger, it’s important to recall some of the smallest, and greatest, athletes that ever played hockey.
1. Martin St. Louis, 5’8″ and 180 pounds, Current RW for the Tampa Bay Lighting
Perhaps overlooked because of his size, the undrafted St. Louis has proven big players can come in small packages. St. Louis has played in over 1000 NHL games, has one Stanley Cup win under his belt, and was the league’s leading scorer in both the 2003-04 and 2012-13 seasons.