Last night I was watching the Bruins/Sabres game and it was a very faced-paced match. All game there were some great hits. I have to say, I love watching Johnny Boychuk lay hits. The guy should run a clinic for Pee-Wee kids on how to time and deliver a nice clean check.
There are several players like this across the NHL. Who is your team's consistently clean warrior?
There's more of Wilson's great hits, since he has one every other game, but sadly they aren't posted on youtube.
Most of his hits resemble the one on Seguin and Robinson's hit posted below, he leaves just enough space alongside the boards to make the opposing forward think he can get by and then he closes in and levels him.
Pretty much none of those hits are old school. Look at the Robinson hit. Take note that nothing on Robinson's body above mid chest makes contact with the opponent until he is "rebounding" off the boards.
That is why they call it a body check.
Today you have raised elbows and lowered shoulders. You also have concussions and shortened careers. You may find a big open ice hit or 2 from the 1930's to the early 70's (when over expansion brought low skill players to the league) but you will not find many.
Funny thing is because there was no free agents hence not many players changed teams often there were real rivalries and real hatred both on the ice and in the stands yet players were still able to respect that hammering an unsuspecting opponent or hitting him up high could end a career and it just simply wasn't done.
The biggest laugh I get on this site is people saying a guy deserved to get labled because he had his head down. This is ****ing hockey the puck is the object of the game. The game will get worse as our best skill players continue to have their careers shortened by dirty hits (hitting an unsuspecting/defenseless player is a dirty hit) while stupid fans laugh, giggle and make highlight video's condoning the cheapening of the game.