While the game of hockey continues to shift away from the physicality it used to be defined by, skewing instead towards speed, skill, and offensive creativity, there’s one name still proudly representing the old school. Anaheim Ducks veteran Kevin Bieksa certainly isn’t the only NHLer open to dropping his mitts when things get heated, but the 36-year-old is arguably the best in the business when it comes to doing so. He proved as much this season, taking hockey fights to a new level by implementing Georges St. Pierre’s signature Superman punch. The former Vancouver Canuck opened up about his thought process regarding the game-changing move during Saturday’s After Hours segment with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk. “It’s something that I’ve implemented a while ago. It’s been at least 10–15 years that I’ve been trying to do it,” Bieksa told Oake and DeBrusk. “I kind of feel like you want to have that attack mentality in a fight. I like to go after a guy and hit him with the first shot.” Much about the veteran’s fight style is intended to throw off the opposition, it seems.
Bieksa breaks down his Superman punch, the hockey fight mentality
Sportsnet | Jan 7