Video: Doughty lands hip check on OEL, catches official too

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If hockey hits were like music, then the hip check might be vinyl: beloved by aficionados, but hard to come by* and old-fashioned. For that reason, the better ones draw the hockey world’s attention, as Drew Doughty’s did on Tuesday.

The easiest explanation for the hip check’s waning relevance is that it’s really tough to line people up like that in such a fast league. It’s also a check that’s relatively difficult to control, which probably explains why an official also took some of the impact from a blow meant for Oliver Ekman-Larsson:

* – Or at least they used to be.