After the Canucks' Ryan Kesler left a game against the Jets on Wednesday following a knee-on-knee hit with Jim Slater, we take a look back at some other knee-on-knee collisions, which some describe as one of the most dangerous plays in hockey.
The Canucks' Ryan Kesler left a game against the Jets on Wednesday, forced off the ice after a knee-on-knee hit with Winnipeg's Jim Slater:
While the extent of Kesler's injury wasn't immediately known, Canucks fans watching the game can be forgiven for shielding their eyes and imagining the worst.
Knee-on-knee hits are known as one of the most dangerous plays in hockey, and you can see why from our list of some of the worst ever witnessed in the game:
Alex Edler on Eric Staal
It looked like the Carolina Hurricanes would be without their captain for some time after Staal went down during the world championship in May of 2013. Thankfully, the damage to his knee was limited to a sprained MCL.
This hit in Game 3 of the Prince of Wales Conference final led to problems with Neely's thigh muscle, hastening the end of the power forward's career. Neely missed all but 22 games of the next two seasons, and played in only 164 NHL games after the hit, retiring at age 31.
Frank Mahovlich on Bobby Orr
Bruins fans and their star players have not had the best of luck when it comes to knee injuries. One of the best players of all time was forced to retire at age 30 due to problems with his left knee, and this hit did nothing to help Orr's situation.
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