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05-25-2010, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Psycho Papa Joe View Post
Serious question: Are hip checks illegal in the IIHF WC? If they are legal, Emelin and the Russians were screwed.
A good hip check is hip-on-hip. Any lower than that is a dangerous hit - when the contact is between the mid-thigh and knee especially.

Emelin's hit is a little low. It's not a low-bridge hit and not a classic clip, which tends to be a shot right at the knees. It would have been a borderline call, I think. The result - the Czechs' best player leaving the ice - made the call a little easier to make, but it's not a cut-and-dried case either way.

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