Nathan Walker’s Incredible Hip Check (GIF)

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Photo: Alex Brandon

I was working on my new patio on Sunday night, so I missed the entire Washington Capitals/Buffalo Sabres preseason game. Bummer, I know. Luckily for me, Steve Wilhite of CompuServe invented GIFs in the late 80s, so I didn’t to have to miss one of the greatest hip checks ever.

And I’m saying that last part seriously, without hyperbole.

Australian Nathan Walker is teeny-tiny. He’s a baby joey hanging out in his mama’s pouch. But when Walker knocked Vaclav Karabacek heels-over-head on Sunday night, his slight 5-foot-8 frame didn’t matter.

Look at this.

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Steve Oleksy

Photo credit: Mike Stobe

Hershey Bears call-up Steve Oleksy has played only three games in the NHL, but he’s made a big impression already. During his Washington Capitals debut, he scored his first NHL point, and he leveled Shawn Thornton with a highlight-reel hit. A few nights later against Florida, Oleksy walloped Mike Santorelli with a big hip check. And against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Oleksy continued his exposition of the most risky hit in hockey, hip-checking Matt Martin to the ice.

Video below.

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Video: Steve Oleksy’s Hip Check of Mike Santorelli

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Steve Oleksy is quickly becoming a fan favorite here in DC. In his first game with the Caps, the 27-year-old defenseman scored his first NHL point with a secondary assist on a Mike Ribeiro goal. He also had a huge first period hit on Shawn Thornton. On Thursday night against the Panthers, Oleksy showed he can get fancy with his hits too, hip-checking Mike Santorelli hard into the boards.

Video is below the jump.

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