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Fans' Choice Hit of the Season

Wednesday, 04.08.2009 / 12:00 PM / NHL Insider

By Brad Holland - NHL.com Staff Writer

Milan Lucic, Adam Pardy, Ethan Moreau, Brent Seabrook and Keith Ballard may not be household names, but they are still leaving their "impressions" on opposing players.

This week, NHL fans will give these "Chairmen of the Boards" the due they so richly deserve.

The art of the body check is underappreciated in hockey. The speed of the game doesn't allow fans to fully appreciate the talent it takes to time a collision with an opponent moving, in some cases, upward of 30 miles per hour. While a check is technically a collision, it is a calculated one that has a meaning and it usually winds up separating the opposing player from the puck.

We've scoured NHL.com's universe of highlights to come up with five nominations for the Hit of the Season -- be they hip checks, body checks, open-ice checks or any other sort. Now we need your votes to separate the best from the rest.

One of these five men will take away the Fans' Choice Hit of the Season, which is a richly deserved honor in a League of more than 700 world-class players.

So, watch the videos and then cast your ballot -- as many times as you like -- in the poll at the top of the next page to help push your favorite hit over the top.

We'll tabulate the votes throughout the week and Friday we will announce the Fans' Choice Hit of the Season.







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