Greg Wyshynski

  • Watch insane hockey hit, as player carries opponent on back (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago

    Defenseman Kristaps Zile delivered one of the strangest hits of 2014.

    Unless you think carrying your opponent 20 feet into the boards on a hip check is the norm.

    Zile plays for HC Riga’s farm team, which played an MHL (that’s the KHL’s second tier) game against HC Red Bull on Friday night. He delivered a hip check to Lukas Pozgay as the Red Bull was skating down the right wing with the puck. That hip check transformed onto an impromptu piggyback ride into the end boards, where Zile finished a brutal hit.

    Pozgay was flat on the ice but returned to the Red Bulls’ bench. He didn’t play in the Saturday night rematch between the teams.

    Here’s a Vine of the hit:

    By the way: Zile is 16 years old, playing his second season of pro junior hockey.

    No word if he charged Pozgay a fare for the ride, or if Pozgay tipped him. Although we doubt it. 

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