Video: NHL's 25 Hardest Hits of the Season
If you've ever laced up the blades and played hockey, chances are you've been hit.
Sometimes the hits come from incidental contact while everyone is chasing that little rubber puck around. Other times, it could be a full force hit as another player from the opposite team hits you as hard as he can.
Either way, a hit is a hit. Some hits hurt, others not so much. One thing is for sure, a good hit will stop you in your tracks.
I put together a list of 25 hardest hits so far this season, but I could have made it the top 1,000 hits.
Some of the names you'll seen in this slide show are amongst the league leaders in hits, such as Francis Bouillon of the Nashville Predators, currently the league-leader.
I didn't rank any of these hits, instead I'd like your reaction as to what you think was the hardest hit amongst these videos.
For extra fun I've included tributes to two of the league better hitters: Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild. I hope you enjoy these. Thanks to those who put them together.
Please leave me a comment on your favorite(s).
P.K. Subban Shows Raffi Torres the Habs Bench
They say timing is everything.
Nothing worse than sending your pass ahead at the same time you're hit.
Cal Clutterbuck Hits Taylor Hall
This is why you don't admire your pass.
Mattias Ritola; Meet Jack Johnson of the Los Angeles Kings
Keep your head up seems to be a theme here!
Francis Bouillon Hits Brad Boyes
Nice follow through by one of the league leaders in hits...
Mark Giordano Uses His Hip To Hit Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall tries his best to side step pass Giordano. Better luck next time.
Ryan Smyth Hits Alex Kovalev
One of the most elusive puck handlers in the league, Kovalev can't get past Ryan Smyth after making his pass.
Niklas Grossman Hits Devin Setoguchi
Grossman had him lined up from the parking lot on this hit. Short shift for Setoguchi!
Jordin Tootoo Hits Carlo Colaiacovo
Carlo never saw this coming!
Luke Schenn Hits Mark Recchi
Nice finish after losing possession of the puck.
Niklas Grossman Hits Corey Perry
Solid finish by Grossman as Perry heard the train coming!
Douglas Murray Hits Kyle Chipchura
Watch Chipchura lift up after impact.
James Wisniewski Hits Jamie Benn
Nasty hit as Benn's head hits Wisniewski's head upon collision, and then the dasher board before landing on the ice after impact!
Douglas Murray Hits Vinny Lecavalier
Vinny, what were you thinking?
Brad Staubitz Hits Kyle Clifford
Welcome to the NHL Mr. Clifford!
Jamie Benn Hits Anton Volchenkov
It's usually Volchenkov who does the hitting!
Arron Asham Hits Milan Lucic
Asham hits the "sweet spot" and carries Lucic's momentum right into the Pens bench!
Luca Sbisa Hits Jon Sim
Classic textbook hit check! Watch Sim's head, the inspiration for the bobble head doll.
Cory Sarich Hits Jamie McGinn
Another solid hip check, gotta love it!
Andreas Lilja Hits Fernando Pisani
Keep your head up Pisani!
Milan Lucic Hits Sergei Goncher
A moving wall!
David Backes Hits Niklas Grossman
That's how you finish your checks!
David Backes Hits Rod Pelley
Or should I say Pelley tried to hit Backes but got rocked!
Abdelkader and Ericsson Make a Bourque Sandwich
I guess Calgary didn't like two for the price of one!
P.K. Subban Hits Thomas Vanek
The ice was still wet when Subban laid this hit!
Matt Martin Hits Lubomir Visnovsky
Another one of those head down hits!
Might not seem like much, take a look at the slow motion.
Dustin Bown Hits Package
Cal Clutterbuck Hits Package
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