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Dion Phaneuf trucks teammate James van Riemsdyk while trying to deliver big check (GIF)

Dion Phaneuf is a mighty big man, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 214 pounds. When the Toronto Maple Leafs star really lays into it and delivers a check, undoubtedly it is not pleasant to be on the receiving end.

Usually, that fate is suffered only by opponents, but on Tuesday, Phaneuf inadvertently delivered a crushing hit on teammate James van Riemsdyk while attempting to inflict pain on the San Jose Sharks Patrick Marleau.

The check was such a brutal blow that van Riemsdyk went down quickly and was forced to leave the ice and head to the locker room.

For some reason, van Riemsdyk returned to the game after spending some time in a “quiet room” before passing concussion protocol tests, but one has to question the wisdom of the Maple Leafs allowing him back in the game, as the game was already out of hand as the Sharks were pummeling the Maple Leafs 5-1 at the time on the way to a 6-2 win.

[H/T Puck Daddy]

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