The temptation is to call any hip check “old school.”
Considering the speed of the game and how easily a player can get out of position attempting such a hit, you don’t see many of them in the modern NHL.
The Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche provided quite a flurry of activity during the first period of Tuesday’s game, as Francois Beauchemin somehow managed to save this goal with his skate.
Check out that moment in GIF form, via Stephanie Vail:
Update: After the game, it sounds like the hit generated some controversy, as Duchene vaguely noted.
Nonetheless, the Capitals cruised to a 3-0 victory, giving Colorado its first loss of the season.