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10-19-2005, 09:01 AM
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Hip-checks...

What happened to the hip-check?
One of my favourite plays in hockey now appears close to extinction. Why has this happened, I can't think of one clean hip-check I have seen in the NHL for years...
Sad loss.

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10-19-2005, 11:21 AM
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What happened to the hip-check?
One of my favourite plays in hockey now appears close to extinction. Why has this happened, I can't think of one clean hip-check I have seen in the NHL for years...
Sad loss.
Zhitnik was usually good for a few hip checks a year when he was in Buffalo, but just about everytime he did it, he was called for tripping...

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10-19-2005, 11:23 AM
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What happened to the hip-check?
One of my favourite plays in hockey now appears close to extinction. Why has this happened, I can't think of one clean hip-check I have seen in the NHL for years...
Sad loss.
For years? Yeesh, you need to watch a bit more hockey.

In all fairness, their numbers started to dwindle as the clutch and grab tactic began to emerge. A perfect hipcheck still remains one of the finest things to watch in all of pro-sports IMO.

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What happened to the hip-check?
One of my favourite plays in hockey now appears close to extinction. Why has this happened, I can't think of one clean hip-check I have seen in the NHL for years...
Sad loss.
I think it has a lot to do with the style of hockey the NHL became. The game slowed down.. hip checks aren't as effective when someone isn't going full speed. Also with more clutching and grabbing allowed, it was easier to grab someone and rub them out then risk getting beat trying to lay a hip check down.

Hip checks are beauty though.. that M-A Bergeron one against Dallas from a couple of years ago was something else.

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Hamhuis has a picture perfect hip-check

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Dan Hamhuis and Brooks Orpik are good for atleast a couple a year.

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10-19-2005, 12:47 PM
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I think it has dwindeled because players have too much riding ($$$) on the their production to take the huge chance that a hip check is. It has always been my favorite play in hockey and still is but it is a difficult thing to pull off and if you miss you look horrible in front of everyone. If you miss a bodycheck by a foot or so you have your hands and arms and legs still availible to make some sort of contact but once you commit to a hip check it's all or nothing and I think the risk vs reward is too great for players now. I still use it and still coach it because it is a great weapon but I don't teach it to everyone. In a one on one situation you have to let the puck carrier get past you to a point that is too far to be able make contact any other way but also far enough that they think they're by you and then drop in on them and put them on their head. I used to play with a guy and we would let the puck carrier split us and then high/low them. No better feeling than doing it right and no worse feeling than doing it wrong. I will at least do my part to see that it doesn't die completely I hope others will too.

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10-19-2005, 12:59 PM
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Dan Hamhuis and Brooks Orpik are good for atleast a couple a year.
Yep, I was just about to mention Orpik. I'm pretty sure one of his hip checks led to Penguins' goal last season, it's a risky play, but when it connects it's a thing of beauty.

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keith ballard has layed a couple beauties already this year. and one of them was on bertuzzi!

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Who had that monster one on Kovalchuk last season?

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I love when Kasparitis feels like throwing his body around. He has a pretty *nice hip check considering he's a pretty small guy.

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keith ballard has layed a couple beauties already this year. and one of them was on bertuzzi!
I think he nailed Legwand as well. It wasn't a picture perfect hip check like a Bergeron an Morrow or a Hamhuis on McDonnell, it looked more like an a$$ram where he just ran his butt into Legwands hip, but man was it effective.

The best thing was the live camera angle used by Fox Sports South in the Preds version of the broadcast. The camera angle was so that you could see Ballard coming from a mile away. I was thinking there is no way he gets to Legwand but as Legwand approached the blue line he let up a touch, crossed over and then bam, bam. The first bam was the contact between the two and the second was Legwand flailing into the boards. There's not much more you can say but nice hit.

I'd love to see that replay again to see why Legwand never saw him. It wasn't one of those super tight, last second hip check like Bergeron and Hamhuis. That was a hip check if done by Jordin Tootoo. A big wind up and big results. There were other players around, so maby Ballard was screened from Legwand's sight.

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Zidlicky is still trying to find Konowalchuk.

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Who had that monster one on Kovalchuk last season?
Hamhuis knocked Kovalchuk from a game last season, though he returned shortly thereafter, if I'm not mistaken. I was never able to see the hit, so I can't comment if it was a hipcheck or not. But I remember it on these boards.

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Yep, I was just about to mention Orpik. I'm pretty sure one of his hip checks led to Penguins' goal last season, it's a risky play, but when it connects it's a thing of beauty.
I think guys like Hamhuis (and possibly Orpik, but I haven't seen enough of him to say) have taken a lot of the risk out of hipchecks. He's such a damn good skater and has such control of his body that he can skate alongside somebody and then, almost instantaneously, throw a wicked hipcheck befor the guy figures what is happening.

Here's a nice picture of Hammer and his new friend

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Zidlicky is still trying to find Konowalchuk.


Well, it was good try!

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Not an overly vicious guy, but Brian Leetch can throw down a sweet hip check.

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ahh....kyle mclaren, one of the best hip check artists in the game....did u see that monster one in the playoffs last year against the blues...on cajanek i'm pretty sure....that ones in lots of highlight compilations.

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Exelby pulled a beauty of a hip-check the other night. Its still out there.

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ahh....kyle mclaren, one of the best hip check artists in the game....did u see that monster one in the playoffs last year against the blues...on cajanek i'm pretty sure....that ones in lots of highlight compilations.
That was a hipcheck?

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Zidlicky is still trying to find Konowalchuk.
And that's why you don't see as many hip checks

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McCabe has nice one too. But I haven't seen him use it at all this year.

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Hamhuis, as mentioned, generally lays at least one per game down, and rarely misses.

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Every single hit Rob Blake makes is a hip-check. Every single one.

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Every single hit Rob Blake makes is a hip-check. Every single one.
Except for that time he put his shoulder into Andreas Johansson's face and knocked him out of the NHL.

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