Since the NHL’s inception in 1917, there have been many changes to the game. The equipment is better, the players are bigger and the hits are harder. Here is a list of the 10 hardest hits in NHL history
The Biggest Hockey Hits of All Time
Over the years, there have been some truly bone-crushing hockey hits. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they leave their victims shaken, often with long-term injuries.
Here are some of the Biggest Hockey hits of all time:
1. Zdeno Chara on Max Pacioretty
In 2011, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara delivered a brutal hit to Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion and fractured vertebrae. Chara was not suspended for the hit.
2. Vladimir Konstantinov on Slava Fetisov
In 1996, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov delivered a crushing hit to his fellow countryman, Slava Fetisov of the New Jersey Devils Fetisov was left hospitalized with a concussion and other injuries. Konstantinov’s career came to an abrupt end just days later when he suffered a severe brain injury in a limousine accident.
3. Scott Stevens on Eric Lindros
One of the most famous hits in NHL history took place in the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals when New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens delivered a huge check to Philadelphia Flyers forward Eric Lindros. Lindros was knocked out cold and had to be helped off the ice. He would miss the rest of the series, which the Devils went on to win.
4. Binghamton Senators on Rochester Americans
This hit is notable not for its brutal nature, but for its sheer size. In 2013, six players from the Binghamton Senators (AHL) took down Rochester Americans (AHL) player William carrier with thunderous checks. Carrier was left dazed and confused but fortunately escaped without serious injury.
The top ten Biggest Hockey Hits of All Time
There is no doubting that hits are a big part of hockey. They can often be the turning point in a game, and can decide who comes out on top. They can also be extremely controversial, with some people arguing that they are an essential part of the game, and others claiming that they are nothing more thandangerous and unnecessary violence.
1. Todd Bertuzzi on Steve Moore
2. Scott Stevens on Paul Kariya
3. Cory Sarich on Tomas Kopecky
4. Dion Phaneuf on Jarome Iginla
5. Sheldon Souray on Patrick Sharp
6. Ryan Kesler on Jamie Benn
7. Dustin Brown on Jason Pominville
8. Mike Richards on David Booth
9. Milan Lucic on Ryan Miller
10. Zac Rinaldo on Louis Domingue
The Five Biggest Hockey Hits of All Time
In hockey, a hit is defined as when a player checks an opponent in order to dislodge the puck or impede their progress. It’s a key part of the game, and can often be the difference between winning and losing.
There have been some massive hits over the years, and we’ve compiled the five biggest ones here. These are the hits that made players quake in their skates, and had fans on the edge of their seats.
1. Jimenez vs. Daugavins – 2013
In this 2013 Playoff Game Ottawa Senators player Jonathon Jimenez absolutely leveled Boston Bruins player Kaspars Daugavins with a huge hit. Daugavins was knocked out cold and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. Jimenez was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit.
2. Pronger vs. Avery – 2008
In this 2008 playoff game then-Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger laid out New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery with a huge open-ice hit. The hit was so big that it knocked Avery’s helmet off. Pronger was given a five-minute major penalty for charging and Avery had to be helped off the ice by his teammates.
3. Orr vs. Lapierre – 2010
In this 2010 regular season game, Boston Bruins player Steve Orr delivered a crushing open-ice hit to Montreal Canadiens player Maxim Lapierre. Lapierre was knocked out cold by the hit and lay on the ice for several minutes before being helped off by his teammates and trainer. Orr was given a five-minute major penalty for interference on the play.
4. McSorley vs Boogaard – 2000
In this 2000 regular season game then-Boston Bruins player Marty McSorley delivered a brutal two-handed slash to then-Minnesota Wild player Derek Boogaard’s head, knocking him unconscious. McSorley was given a match penalty for attempted murder on the play and would go on to be suspended for one year by the NHL. Boogaard would recover from the incident but sadly died of an accidental drug overdose in 2011 at just 28 years old.
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These are just some of the biggest hits in hockey history – there have been many others that have thrilled fans and left players reeling over the years!
The Ten Most Famous Hockey Hits of All Time
1. Scott Stevens vs. Paul Kariya – 2002 Stanley Cup Finals
2. Chris Pronger vs. Mike Ricci – 2001 NHL Playoffs
3. Dion Phaneuf vs. Mike Knuble – 2011 NHL Season
4. Shea Weber vs. Henrik Zetterberg – 2012 NHL Playoffs
5. Dustin Brown vs. Jason Pominville – 2013 NHL Playoffs
6. Brayden Schenn vs. Alex Ovechkin – 2016 NHL Season
7. Brandon Dubinsky vs. Sidney Crosby – 2011 NHL Playoffs
8. Zdeno Chara vs. Max Pacioretty – 2011 NHL Season
9. Raffi Torres vs. Marian Hossa – 2012 NHL Playoffs
10. MILAN LUCIC VS TOMas Plekanec
The Five Most Gruesome Hockey Hits of All Time
In honor of the Stanley Cup playoffs we thought we’d take a look at some of the most gruesome hits in hockey history. These are the five hits that made us wince, gasp, or even turn away from the screen. Remember, hockey is a tough sport and these athletes are trained to handle RAW violence on the ice… but sometimes even they can’t help but get seriously injured.
5. Steve Moore vs. Todd Bertuzzi
In one of the most infamous incidents in recent NHL history Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks delivered a flying punch to the back of Steve Moore’s head, which knocked him out cold and left him with three fractured vertebrae. Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the season and ended up pleading guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm. Moore never played another game in the NHL and filed a $38 million lawsuit against Bertuzzi and the Canucks (which was later settled out of court).
4. Erik Karlsson vs. Alex Galchenyuk
During a game between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens in 2015, Erik Karlsson went into full hockey player mode when Alex Galchenyuk tried to take him out with an elbow to the head. Karlsson not only refused to go down, he charged right at Galchenyuk and gave him a big hit that sent both players tumbling to the ice. Amazingly, both players popped right back up and continued playing – proving that they’re made of tougher stuff than most of us!
3. Owen Nolan vs. Keith Tkachuk
In a 1999 game between the San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes, Sharks captain Owen Nolan pulled off one of the nastiest hits we’ve ever seen when he delivered a brutal check to Keith Tkachuk while he was skating backwards. Tkachuk went down hard, his helmet flew off, and he was clearly shaken up by the hit. He ended up staying in the game, but we’re sure he felt it for days afterwards!
2. Chris Pronger vs. Martin Havlat
This hit from Chris Pronger on Martin Havlat is so dirty that it resulted in an eight-game suspension for Pronger – one of the longest suspensions for on-ice violence in NHL history The hit occurred during a 2013 game between Havlat’s Minnesota Wild and Pronger’s Philadelphia Flyers; as Havlat was skating into Pronger’s end of ice, Pronger reached out with his stick and slashed him right across his face, leaving him bleeding profusely from a gash above his eye. Ouch!
1. Mike Richards vs.. David Booth
In one of THE most bone-crunching hits we��ve ever seen on NHL ice, Mike Richards completely obliterated David Booth with this open-ice check during a 2008 game between Booth’s Florida Panthers and Richards’ Philadelphia Flyers I mean… just look at how Booth goes down! He was completely knocked out by the hit and had to be stretchered off the ice; miraculously, he ended up making a full recovery and even returned to play several more seasons in the NHL afterwards.
The Five Most Violent Hockey Hits of All Time
This list comprises some of the most bone-crunching, teeth-rattling, spine-tingling hits that have ever been witnessed on the ice. If you’re looking for big hits, these are the ones you’ll want to see.
The Five Most Controversial Hockey Hits of All Time
Hockey is a physical sport, and sometimes players can get a little too physical with one another. These are the five most controversial hockey hits of all time.
1. Zdeno Chara on Max Pacioretty
In 2011, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara delivered a brutal hit to Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty was taken off the ice on a stretcher and suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra. Chara was given a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct. He was not suspended by the NHL, but the hit sparked debate about whether or not hits to the head should be banned from the game.
2. Dustin Byfuglien on Brent Seabrook
In 2010, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was on the receiving end of a huge hit from Dustin Byfuglien of the rival Nashville Predators Byfuglien was given a five-minute major penalty for charging and a game misconduct, but escaped any further discipline from the NHL. The hit became even more controversial when it was revealed that Byfuglien had left Seabrook’s ear-flapped helmet at his locker stall as a “present.”
3. Mike Richards on David Booth
In 2009, Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Richards delivered a devastating hit to David Booth of the Florida Panthers. Booth was knocked out cold and suffered a concussion as well as other injuries. Richards was given a five-minute major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct, but avoided any further discipline from the NHL. The hit sparked debate about whether or not hits to the head should be banned from the game.
4. Dion Phaneuf on Jamie Benn
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The Five Most Memorable Hockey Hits of All Time
From blind-side body checks to flying hip checks, hockey hits are a staple of the sport. They are often sudden and violent, and can sometimes result in serious injury. But for fans of the sport, they are also one of the most exciting aspects of the game.
So which hits are the most memorable? Here is a list of five of the biggest and most brutal hockey hits of all time.
1. Zdeno Chara on Max Pacioretty
In 2011, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara delivered a flying hip check to Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty that sent him crashing into a stanchion at the Bell Centre. Pacioretty suffered a concussion and a fracture in his vertebra, but fortunately recovered and returned to action the following season.
2. Scott Stevens on Eric Lindros
One of the most legendary players of his generation, Scott Stevens was known for his physical play. In Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals he delivered a blind-side hit to Philadelphia Flyers forward Eric Lindros that knocked him out of the game and helped propel the New Jersey Devils to victory.
3. Mike Richards on David Booth
During a game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008, Flyers forward Mike Richards delivered a brutal hit to Lightning forward David Booth that sent him crashing into the boards head-first. Booth suffered a concussion and was sidelined for over a year as a result of the hit.
4. open-ice hit by Dion Phaneuf on Jaromir Jagr
In 2011, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf laid out then-Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr with an open-ice hit that was so hard it knocked Jagr’s helmet off. Jagr was unhurt in the collision, but it was still one of the most impressive hockey hits in recent memory.
5. Chris Pronger on Michal Handzus
In 2006, during a game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings Oilers defenseman Chris Pronger delivered a massive open-ice hit to Kings forward Michal Handzus that knocked him out cold. Handzus had to be taken off on a stretcher and missed significant time as a result of the hit.
In conclusion, hockey is a sport that is enjoyed by many. The biggest hits of all time are a part of what makes the sport so exciting. While there have been some big hits that have resulted in serious injuries, the vast majority of hits in hockey are clean and leave both players with a sense of respect for one another.