Hlushko’s Huge Hit

Canada left wing TODD HLUSHKO (7) hits Sweden defenseman MAGNUS SVENSSON (8) head-on in the Gold Medal Match at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Canada left wing TODD HLUSHKO (7) hits Sweden defenseman MAGNUS SVENSSON (8) head-on in the Gold Medal Match at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

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Without question one of the hardest hits in the history of the Gold Medal Match occured at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Almost half way through the ten-minute overtime and shortly after the Canadians break out following a defensive zone faceoff, two-time Canadian Olympian FABIAN JOSEPH (8) steers a pass at center ice into the Swedish corner.

Sweden defenseman KENNY JONSSON (19), the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 1993 1st round draft pick (# 12 overall), retreats to retrive the puck. After having looked to his left and collecting the puck, the BK Rogle Angelholm rearguard starts to his right :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYuTQcxnXpQ

Arriving at that moment to deliver a devastating hit is TODD HLUSHKO (7), the one-time Washington Capitals 12th round draft pick (1990, #240 overall) and for Baltimore Skipjacks winger in the American Hockey League.

The force of the blow left Jonsson temporarily unconscious and Sweden’s coach, CURT LUNDMARK, enraged.

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Todd Hlushko later skated 79 National Hockey League games (8 go 13 as, 21 pts, 84 pim) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penquins over the course of six seasons before finishing his career with five years in the German elite league competing for the Cologne Sharks, Mannheim Eagles and Hannover Scorpions.

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