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Bieksa breaks down his Superman punch, the hockey fight mentality

Bieksa breaks down his Superman punch, the hockey fight mentality
Published On: Sun, Jan 07
Apr 26, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; National Hockey League commissioner Garry Bettman speaks the media prior to the start of game six between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre. The Canadiens won 1-0 and take the series 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

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, theres one name still proudly representing the old school.

Anaheim Ducks veteran Kevin Bieksa certainly isnt 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. Pierres signature Superman punch.

The former Vancouver Canuck opened up about his thought process regarding the game-changing move during Saturdays After Hours segment with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk.

Its something that Ive implemented a while ago. Its been at least 10"15 years that Ive 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 veterans fight style is intended to throw off the opposition, it seems.

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