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The Washington Capitals have tried to improve their physical play in recent years, adding more power forward prospects into their system. On Sunday, two of those prospects playing for the Caps’ AHL affiliate in Hershey — Michael Latta and Garrett Mitchell — combined for a big hit on Norfolk Admirals’ forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Max Friberg. The hit was so powerful that it made the glass unhinge and fly into the Giant Center crowd.
The crushing bodycheck came in the first period of the Bears game against the Admirals. The 5’10” Mitchell and 6’0″ Latta both finished their checks in the defensive zone on poor Friberg, who had just passed the puck up to the neutral zone as the two trucks hit him.
Make sure to check out our sister site Sweetest Hockey On Earth who spoke with both players after the game.