Every spring we see at least one vicious headshot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and this year we didn’t have to wait very long. On Saturday, during Game 2 of the Western Conference battle between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, Chicago’s Brent Seabrook went out of his way to drive his shoulder straight into the head of St. Louis’s David Backes. As a result, the Hawks are now without Seabrook until Game 6 thanks to a three-game suspension, while the Blues are now without their captain indefinitely.
Was it a dirty hit? Yep. Filthy, actually. But was it one of the dirtiest hits in the history of the NHL? Probably not.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Take a look at the 20 nastiest hits of all time and judge for yourself.