This will not end well for Hejda.

The Washington Capitals lost to the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Sunday. That was a bummer. We hardly wrote anything that night.

Fedor and I talked about it a few days later, and my main man from Moscow shot me this link to Yahoo. “Did you see this Alex Ovechkin hit? CSN cut away as it happened, but the replays from the Avs feed are crazy.”

I was skeptical. “C’mon, Fedor,” I replied. “It couldn’t have been that crazy. We would have heard about it.”

Then I watched the video and HOLY. WOW.

As Avs defenseman Jan Hejda reversed behind the net, The Great Eight came at him like a heat-seeking missile. Ovi crushed him into the boards. Hejda’s skate blades lost contact with the ice and he flew into the air. It was a video game hit, a hockey decleater.

The cameraman in the corner caught the whole thing.



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This is why people grow beards for him.

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  • Chris Cerullo

    I had the Avs feed for that game and they showed it a bunch of times. CSN slackinggggg.

  • Shawn Murphy

    Because you can’t spell “scoarboard” without ooAAARRBBOOaaa which is the sound I think Hejda’s brain was making during that hit

  • Uncle Phil’s Beard

    I tried Googling this, but came up empty: Has Ovi ever been clocked for his skating speed, and if so, has it been published? Just curious…

  • Nomo
  • I hope people enjoy the link on “video game hit”

  • Dave

    I’d like to see someone get a clock on Chimmer

  • Ternesti

    Does anyone have video of that big hit by the ten train against Columbus?

  • Matt

    If Ovi and Kronwall collide tonight, what do you think the Richter scale be in Detroit be?

  • Alex

    Ironically I think MacKinnon plays a similar game style. He may not hit as often as Ovie, but he can deliver the same kind of hits

  • jp_daddi0

    I actually watched the game via the Avs feed and both announcers were clearly fans of the Gr8. Very cool to watch/listen to in comparison to Jack Edwards (boston) or Keith Jones (philly)

  • yv

    You can try to do this yourself for any player, if you have good timer (some on screen ones with 100th of sec would be fine) and knowing the precise distances between different lines and marks on ice, that you can get, for instance, in WiKi.

  • Brackaphobia

    Love the comparison to Messier and Gordie Howe. Ovi could definitely be labeled as a power forward if he wasn’t, you know, Ovi.

    Hejda’s gon’ hate.