The fast and vicious nature of hockey results in some of the most heated rivalries in the world of pro sports. NHL teams have been battling for well over a century, establishing a code where players police each other when serious infractions and disrespect takes place on the ice. Fights and huge body checks ensure that retaliation is only a half-second away. The best modern rivalries mix a long history of hate with a high level of play and bruising physical punishment…
The Best Rivalries In The NHL
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Some rivalries take decades to form and foster. Others, such as the heat between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, started with one player severely injuring another with a brutal body check against a helpless opponent. The NHL is unique in the sense that the players are not only encouraged to run into each other at high speeds, but also throw fists whenever a teammate’s honor must be defended.
The oldest, best rivalries in the NHL tend to be cornerstones of sports culture within their cities, and in the case of Toronto and Montreal, a cultural phenomenon of its own. No other league combines speed, skill and physical punishment like the NHL, which has created some of the most intense sports rivalries in the world.
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