Top 10 Biggest Hits in Sharks History
The San Jose Sharks have had more than their fair share of heavy hitters over the years and fans aren't complaining.
Sharks fans love the big hit and throughout the years, San Jose has been the home of some of the most intimidating players in the NHL.
Despite that "soft" label the Sharks have had placed on them in recent seasons, the Sharks impose their will with the best of them.
The current squad has one of if not the most feared defender in the league in Douglas Murray but back in the day there were the likes of Kyle McLaren and Bryan Machment dishing out the bone-crushing hits.
Now there were definitely some big hits in the first few years of the Sharks existence (1991-1996) but due to lack of Youtube footage, all these hits are from 1997-present.
For the older Sharks fans, I admit that I may be missing a hit or two that you probably feel deserves to be on this list but hey, I'm biased, I'll still say these are the the top 10 in history because they came from some of my favorite players.
And in my opinion you would be hard pressed to remember any Sharks hits bigger than these 10 anyway.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 hits in Sharks history.
10. Douglas Murray Tells Corey Perry to Get Out of His Kitchen
Honestly, this isn't one of the biggest hits because it wasn't full speed or anything like that but it had to be on this list. Why? Because it is the classic Douglas Murray hit.
After getting the puck at the point, Murray protects the puck from the oncoming Corey Perry (aka cheap shot artist) and then takes Perry's attempted hit and throws it right back to him and sends him flying.
That's right! Take that, Perry! Ba-boom!
9. Kyle McLaren Nails Petr Cajanek in the Playoffs
This was the originator for Sharks fans, it was the first of many, it was a statement that the Sharks are for real.
Back in the 2003-04 playoffs, Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren through his first memorable hip check as a San Jose Shark.
In the first round against St. Louis, McLaren absolutely smashes Blues forward Petr Cajanek into the boards right at the blue-line.
Thing of beauty.
8. Christain Ehrhoff Crushes Alexandre Picard
Christian Ehrhoff and Kyle McLaren were teammates for awhile, and boy oh boy did Ehrhoff learn from his former mentor on how to execute the proper hip check.
Against Columbus a few years back, Ehrhoff runs Blue Jacket forward Alexandre Picard into the boards by the edge of the bench which made for a real uncomfortable landing.
But hey, that is why you got to keep your head up in the NHL or you might get hit in the worst spot imaginable.
7. Owen Nolan Runs Ed Belfour
You may not be allowed to hit goaltenders, this may have been a penalty, but who cares?
It was AWESOME.
Owen Nolan runs Dallas Stars goaltender Ed Belfour in the playoffs!
Bellllllll-----fouuur! Bellllllll------fouuur! Bellllll------four! Belllll-----four!
No. 6 Bryan Marchment Levels the Finish Flash
Bryan Marchment was the king of the big hit in the late 90's/early 00's and he dished out quite a few memorable hits.
But there is something about those pesky Anaheim Ducks (or the Might Ducks as they were known then) that makes this hit extra special.
Marchment absolutely destroyed Teemu Selanne back in the day and watching this hit just makes me smile. Selanne was an awful Shark and deserves to get his bell rung by every time he takes the ice.
5. Kyle McLaren Lowers the Boom on Petr Prucha
Kyle McLaren was a hip check machine in his prime and boy could today's Sharks use him. That is one of the few things this year's squad could really use is a Kyle McLaren in his prime.
A few years back, he absolutely hammers former Ranger Petr Prucha into the boards sparking a dominating shift by team teal.
Mind boggling how anybody gets up from a hit like this:
4. Owen Nolan Runs Over Ossi Vaananen
Owen Nolan, still the most beloved Shark ever despite being six years removed from a teal jersey.
A goal, a big hit, a fight, anything that the Sharks needed to get going was what Nolan would deliver.
A huge hit in the playoffs was one of his favorite ways to shake things up.
Back in the 2002 playoffs, Nolan pounds Coyote defenseman Ossi Vaananen behind the Phoenix net.
3. Kyle McLaren Knocks Trevor Letowski Back to Second Grade
To borrow a line from the movie "Little Giants," Kyle McLaren knocked former Columbus Blue Jacket Trevor Letowski back to second grade a few years ago.
Another patented him check, the third of McLaren's on this list, saw the former Shark knock all the air out of his opponent as he sent him flying through the air and into the corner boards.
Ba-BOOM! "It is Kyle's Rear-end right in your chest"
2. Douglas Murray Says Good Night to Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Douglas Murray may not dish out hip checks, but his own personal style of dishing out pain whenever an opponent comes his way might just be even scarier than McLaren's hip checks.
Whether it is along the boards or in open ice, Murray is a head hunter, and a legal one at that (not a cheap shot artist like you, Corey Perry).
Opponent beware, when No. 3 is on the ice, keep your head up mate!
Because if you don't, you'll get laid out like Pierre-Marc Bouchard did a couple years ago.
No. 1 Bryan Marchment DESTROYS Donald Brashear
This was a no-brainer. I really couldn't have gone another way with the biggest hit in Sharks history.
Back in 2002, Bryan Marchment finds Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Donald Brashear with his head down in open ice and makes him pay!
Easily, the biggest hit in Sharks history.