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Best Canuck Hits - Dec.04.07

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Mike Macri

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<table border=0 align=center width=90%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/macri_headshot.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>I thought I’d switch things up a bit and not regale you with my thoughts on the weekly minutia. Instead, here are some of the best hits ever thrown by a Canuck. I’m sure that there are some good ones from the 70s and 80s, but they aren’t readily available in video form, and well, you might not be too interested in reading about something you could be seeing. So here they are, the top 8 hits available on YouTube in Canucks history (feel free to disagree, because I’m sure you will): <br><br>

<b>8. Jan Bulis on Jack Johnson</b><br><br>

This one has just as much to do with context as anything else. The much-heralded prospect Jack Johnson, playing in his first NHL game, carries the puck down the wing as the Kings' announcers resist throwing their panties down to ice level with every fibre in their being. Jan Bulis - who's biggest contact up until that point involved mounting a Dallas Star and holding on for dear life - welcomes the new kid to the big leagues.

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<b>7. Jarkko Ruutu on Byron Ritchie</b><br><br>

Now that Ritchie's a Canuck, watching him get absolutely leveled by former 'Nuck Jarkko Ruutu might not be quite as much fun as it once was; but it's still pretty awesome. Extra credit for the glove that goes flying. General mathematics of hits: big hit + airborn equipment = fun for all. <br><br>

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<b>6. Gino Odjick on Dominik Hasek</b><br><br>

Hands up if you dislike Dominik Hasek. Now hands up if you like Gino Odjick. I think I have something you might like. The hit itself might not be of the bone-crunching variety, but watching Hasek tumble like a Romanian gymnast is a delight for the eyeballs. As an added bonus, the foreign play-by-play in the clip gives it an international flair. Enjoy. <br><br>

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<b>5. Todd Bertuzzi on Barrett Jackman</b><br><br>

Some new to the sport might not realize, but at one time, Todd Bertuzzi actually considered the body check to be a worthwhile activity. Here's some evidence. <br><br>

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<b>4. Todd Bertuzzi on Chris Chelios</b><br><br>

This is a hit that not only satiates the rods and cones in your eyes, but also enters the ears and massages the cochlea. I had to get technical there, because there is no other way of properly describing the sensation of seeing - and hearing - a geriatric defenceman get pasted to the end boards. <br><br>

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<b>3. Pavel Bure on Shane Churla</b><br><br>

As Don Cherry described it, "this is the mother of all elbows." Bure, who had been targeted by the Dallas Stars in their '94 playoff series, decided to exact some revenge. Some very illegal revenge. Nothing against the Sedins, but can you imagine one of them sticking up for themselves in a manner such as this? Bure will be remembered for scoring goals, but Shane Churla will never forget that he also possessed a bit of a mean streak. <br><br>

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<b>2. Trevor Linden on Jeff Norton</b><br><br>

It should be noted that, for the most part, when the glass shatters in an arena, it's usually due to a very precise strike rather than the pure force of a check or a shot. Regardless of such "science," it's still totally awesome when it happens, as evidenced by Linden's hit on Jeff Norton. I'm sure the photographer in the front row wasn't expecting a shower of glass and sweaty athletes - but that's just what Linden bestowed upon him. <br><br>

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<b>1. Mike Peca on Teemu Selanne</b><br><br>

Up until the Canucks-Jackets telecast last week, this hit managed to remain somewhat forgotten in Canucks' history. Mike Peca wasn't a Canuck for very long, but it was pretty evident that he would turn into the type of player he eventually came to be. A hit so devastating that both players suffered serious injuries, Peca broke his jaw and was out for a considerable period of time. Selanne's admiration of his own passes would never be the same. <br><br>

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Dear Jasmine,

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