While a nice, clean, open ice hit is always great to see, there’s something that much more thrilling about a beautiful hip check.
That’s why this hit, thrown in the Slovakian Extraliga by Peter Hrasko, is equal parts devastating and a joy to watch. Hrasko, a defenseman for the HKM Zvolen Knights, lines up HC Kosice Steelers forward Adam Lapsansky, sending the big forward airborne:
We can’t stop watching.
The worst part about the hit, at least from Lapsansky’s point of view, is that it added injury to insult, not the other way around. At the time Hrasko sent the forward flying, the Knights were beating the Steelers handily by a score of 6-2.