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Chicago Blackhawks: 25 Moments To Be Thankful For

By Keith Schultz
18 of 25

May 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman

Niklas Hjalmarsson

(4) during the third period of game five of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Chicago won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Niklas Hjalmarsson Uses His Throat

Simply put, Niklas Hjalmarsson is the most warrior-like Blackhawk in this current era. If you gave him the option to not wear a helmet in live action, I think he might take it. The guy only recently in his career started playing with a visor after he got hit in the face with a puck at extremely close range last season.

Hjalmarsson blocks shots with pretty much any available part of his body night in and night out. But easily the nastiest blocked shot of his NHL career so far was this one.

In a 2014 playoff game against Minnesota, Hjalmarsson blocked a Jonas Brodin shot with his freaking throat. After understandably crumpling to the ice, Hjalmarsson proceeded to be rushed to the hospital and … just kidding, he didn’t miss a shift and played the next couple weeks without being physically able or medically cleared to speak.

If, as a Blackhawks fan, you can’t be grateful for having Hjalmarsson on the team, you may need to reorganize your fandom priorities.

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