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Video: NHL's 25 Hardest Hits of the Season

Mike MacDonaldCorrespondent IJune 15, 2016

Video: NHL's 25 Hardest Hits of the Season

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    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

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    They say timing is everything.

    Nothing worse than sending your pass ahead at the same time you're hit.

Cal Clutterbuck Hits Taylor Hall

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    This is why you don't admire your pass.

Mattias Ritola; Meet Jack Johnson of the Los Angeles Kings

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    Keep your head up seems to be a theme here!

Francis Bouillon Hits Brad Boyes

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    Nice follow through by one of the league leaders in hits...

Mark Giordano Uses His Hip To Hit Taylor Hall

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    Taylor Hall tries his best to side step pass Giordano. Better luck next time.

Ryan Smyth Hits Alex Kovalev

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    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

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    Grossman had him lined up from the parking lot on this hit. Short shift for Setoguchi!

Jordin Tootoo Hits Carlo Colaiacovo

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    Carlo never saw this coming!

Luke Schenn Hits Mark Recchi

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    Nice finish after losing possession of the puck.

Niklas Grossman Hits Corey Perry

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    Solid finish by Grossman as Perry heard the train coming!

Douglas Murray Hits Kyle Chipchura

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    Oh boy!

    Watch Chipchura lift up after impact.

James Wisniewski Hits Jamie Benn

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    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

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    Vinny, what were you thinking?

Brad Staubitz Hits Kyle Clifford

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    Welcome to the NHL Mr. Clifford!

Jamie Benn Hits Anton Volchenkov

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    It's usually Volchenkov who does the hitting!

Arron Asham Hits Milan Lucic

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    Asham hits the "sweet spot" and carries Lucic's momentum right into the Pens bench!

Luca Sbisa Hits Jon Sim

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    Classic textbook hit check! Watch Sim's head, the inspiration for the bobble head doll.

Cory Sarich Hits Jamie McGinn

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    Another solid hip check, gotta love it!

Andreas Lilja Hits Fernando Pisani

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    Keep your head up Pisani!

Milan Lucic Hits Sergei Goncher

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    A moving wall!

David Backes Hits Niklas Grossman

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    That's how you finish your checks!

David Backes Hits Rod Pelley

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    Or should I say Pelley tried to hit Backes but got rocked!

Abdelkader and Ericsson Make a Bourque Sandwich

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    I guess Calgary didn't like two for the price of one!

P.K. Subban Hits Thomas Vanek

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    The ice was still wet when Subban laid this hit!

Matt Martin Hits Lubomir Visnovsky

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    Another one of those head down hits!

    Might not seem like much, take a look at the slow motion.

Dustin Bown Hits Package

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Cal Clutterbuck Hits Package

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