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03-31-2014, 03:22 PM
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Top hits of 1990-1991 (gifs).

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03-31-2014, 03:24 PM
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Embedded them all for your viewing pleasure.

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What's the reason we see less hits like that in today's hockey? Is it because the players see the hits coming or they are afraid to take a suspension?

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Yeah a lot of those hits are clean... but every one of those would have a fight at teh end of it nowadays. Some that would be suspensions for blindside/head contact

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There was prob big brawls after half of these too.

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One of the worst blind shot I've ever seen, but still, it's an awesome hit though.

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These are from the video "101 Thunderous Hits" -- I watched that video so many times...

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Not sure which season it's from and I couldn't find a gif but does anyone have a gif of the Mark Hardy hit on Mike Keane?

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One of the worst blind shot I've ever seen, but still, it's an awesome hit though.
Yeah that is a nasty one. Interference, hit to the head with such violent force.. who was it that got hit? And did he get injured I wonder... looks awful

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Hockey used to be a sport for men.

Now it's for millionaires. Man I miss those kinds of hits but it's the No Hit League now. Even in the past two years it's gotten dramatically softer.

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I'd like to see the top hits from the 60's-70's.. i'm sure not too many head shots in those years.. Right?

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Couple things to consider. The shoulder/elbow pads then weren't like the body armor worn today. Secondly, the boards were a lot more forgiving then as apposed to the brick walls they are now.

Not that I would want to be on the receiving end of any of those.

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Couple things to consider. The shoulder/elbow pads then weren't like the body armor worn today. Secondly, the boards were a lot more forgiving then as apposed to the brick walls they are now.

Not that I would want to be on the receiving end of any of those.
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Most of those hits are clean even by today's standards. Skates on the ice, but more importantly solid contact through the body.

I think the reason you see less of them is that defensive discipline is so important these days that players are afraid to commit to a huge hit and potentially take themselves way out of position.

It may be why the "fly-by" hits became more prevalent as well. You can clip a guy in the shoulders (or head) without slamming your full body into him, so you're able to hustle back into the play easier.

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I think I got a concussion just from watching that. Some of those dudes aren't wearing helmets... balls of steel.

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How did everyone skate like Pavel Bure in those days? (trololoo, slightly sped up gifs)

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Couple things to consider. The shoulder/elbow pads then weren't like the body armor worn today. Secondly, the boards were a lot more forgiving then as apposed to the brick walls they are now.

Not that I would want to be on the receiving end of any of those.
It’s actually the opposite; the boards use to be much much worse. Back then, they wouldn’t move an inch.

Kinda like when car makers realized that making cars with steel bumpers and ultra strong frames was the reason people went flying through windshields. Nowadays, cars crumple with the slightest fender bender to prevent you from tasting glass.

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The fact that all of these gifs are in slight fast-motion makes the 90s seem like a very dangerous place to live.

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Hockey used to be a sport for men.

Now it's for millionaires. Man I miss those kinds of hits but it's the No Hit League now. Even in the past two years it's gotten dramatically softer.
I agree with the fact that that those kind of hits rare but such is reality when you shift the burden overwhelmingly to the guy throwing the hit. There is no incentive for a guy to throw a big hit anymore because of the onus nowadays.

Even when the stars align and the guy throws a clean, nice hit, the referees will still hand out a 5 and a game anyways.

The slow watering down of the physical contact in this game is very apparent as time goes on. Concussions, injuries, brain disorders have all lead to calls for reduced contact by suspensions, penalties, and new rules. The NHL is not much of a hitting league per se but a bumping and grinding league now.

I love the aspects of old hockey with the hitting and fighting, thats not to say I don't like what I see now, I do enjoy the game but I miss a lot of that early 90's stuff to.

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It’s actually the opposite; the boards use to be much much worse. Back then, they wouldn’t move an inch.

Kinda like when car makers realized that making cars with steel bumpers and ultra strong frames was the reason people went flying through windshields. Nowadays, cars crumple with the slightest fender bender to prevent you from tasting glass.
Unless you're talking about seamless glass, which became popular in the 90s. That stuff was like granite. And it took some owners a ridiculous amount of time to replace it.

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Unless you're talking about seamless glass, which became popular in the 90s. That stuff was like granite. And it took some owners a ridiculous amount of time to replace it.
Both. Glass and boards have more give now than in years past. They boards also have slightly more flex.

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It’s actually the opposite; the boards use to be much much worse. Back then, they wouldn’t move an inch.

Kinda like when car makers realized that making cars with steel bumpers and ultra strong frames was the reason people went flying through windshields. Nowadays, cars crumple with the slightest fender bender to prevent you from tasting glass.
Seatbelts are the main reason you don't taste glass actually. Crumple zones are more for decreasing the gravitational forces.

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