This came up on twitter this afternoon via @SlavaMalamud of Russia’s Sports Express and, who is a must-follow. I’ll wait while you do that.

Done? Kay, cool.

Malamud tweeted “Want to know the big difference between the NHL and KHL? This is the KHL’s top 10 hits of the week.”

And man-oh-man was he ever bang on.

Don’t get me wrong, there are a couple of doozies in there – numbers #7, #4, and #1 are all legit big hits, but the rest of the list is absolutely comical. They’d barely be worth commentator mention if they took place in an NHL game. Even I might have survived a season over there (well, physically. Lord knows I couldn’t keep up).

Also, the hits are sort of awkward.

Also, they’re horribly ranked.

Anyway, without any further ado, I present….


Slava passed along a little additional information for us. For example:

The victim of hit #9 happens to be none other than ex-NHLer Petr Prucha. Apparently after the hit, the commentator says “…He just touched him slightly there…”

The aggresor in hit #2 is, as Slava put it, “none other than fearsome people eater Jozef Stumpel.”

Better still, is that number one was so egregious, it provoked a brawl. THE MADNESS.

This isn’t up to laugh at the KHL, a very legit, high-end league. It’s to calm everyone down who’s afraid we’re going to suspend contact out of the NHL with our new rules. It will never regress to this point.

If an NHL top-10 hit list ever looks like this, I’ll throw myself into a stanchion.

Comments (10)

  1. Awesome things about this:
    - My women’s league hits harder than some of these. Not kidding. And we’re no-check.
    - The way they replayed the “fight” in slow-mo. #kungfubitches

    Oh Russia, you’re funny.

  2. I love: hit #10, and that they show the hits twice, like, “if you missed all that action, here it is again in SLO MO, for effect.”

  3. Shhh! We don’t want Russia to stop stacking their Olympic teams with KHL d-men.

  4. What a total wiff #8 was. I think (hope) that this was just an editor being lazy and not wanting to go through all the games to find good hits. There HAS to be better his than some of these.

  5. Haha, some guy was like “ugh, I have six hits, I’m taking the next four times people make contact-ish and jamming them in there.”

  6. I guess a “Top 4″ list just doesn’t sound right. This should have just been named “A list of 10 players would contacted other players with their body during a game last week”.

  7. As if we really needed to see those “hits” twice, AND in slo-mo. I agree, if an NHL top 10 hit list ever happens to look like whatever the hell this is, I’ll also throw myself into a stanchion. Haha.

  8. “and here is the punch to the visor, as they lay on the ice after exhausting themselves spinning around….”

  9. Those were some pretty fancy hits. and the Slo-Mo made it that much better.

  10. Based on this, even Colin Campbell could do a proficient job as the KHL disciplinarian.

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