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Phaneuf! Okposo! (Those Are Names, Not Onomatopoeic Words From The Old Batman Series)

Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf absolutely demolished New York Islanders winger Kyle Okposo with a vicious check at mid-ice last night in an exhibition game which left Okposo laid out on the ice and having to be taken off on a stretcher. It appears that Okposo was somewhat forced into the check by Calgary player Nigel Dawes, leaving him in a defenseless position as Phaneuf lowered the boom. Of course, after the devastating hit, bedlam ensued.

Puck Daddy has been monitoring the story and has reported that according to Newsday, Okposo “was seen moving his hands and talking as he was put in an ambulance and taken to the hospital.” It was later reported that Okposo only suffered a mild concussion. Considering the viciousness of the check, he should consider himself damned lucky, because when I watch it, all I see are the words “POW!”, “BAM!”, “ZOKK!” But then again, that could be from something else entirely.

Either way, it sure is nice having you back, hockey.

Video: Phaneuf hit sends Isles’ Okposo off on stretcher [Puck Daddy]
Okposo carted off on stretcher in Isles’ loss [Newday]