Check Out This Bone-Crushing Open-Ice Body Check From a High School Hockey Game (Video)
If you watch lower-level hockey, whether it’s college, juniors, or high school, the first thing you’ll notice is that the game is a lot slower than the NHL. (The second thing you’ll notice are the cages the kids where on their helmets.) However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t still see a good, bone-crushing body check every now and again. They are rare, since these types of hits usually require serious acceleration, but they do happen.
Well, we’ve got one for you today. Unfortunately we have no idea where this is from, but it’s obviously from a high school hockey game, and it features a thunderous, yet clean, open-ice hit.
Take a look:
What’s really crazy about this is that, while so many NHL players have lost the art of the clean open-ice hit—so many now stick out their knees, or feel the need to leap into their hits—this high school kid exhibits perfect form. He doesn’t target the head or flex his knees. He just braces himself and lets his inertia do the talking.
That’s a thing of beauty—a great physical play, and nobody got paralyzed.