Hip checks alive, well in Vancouver 

June, 3, 2011

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The hip check is a dying art in the NHL, which is why so many hockey fans so dearly love to see them. When Rob Blake retired and took with him his monopoly on the hip-check market, we thought we might never see hits like his again. Little did we know we only had to watch the Vancouver Canucks.

To see more on the lost art of the hip check and why hip-check specialist Rob Blake believes the blow to be a good alternative as the league cracks down on head shots, become an ESPN Insider today.

Lindsay Berra is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.