Because what's hockey without a little violence?
Checking and physical play have been a part of the NHL as long as the league has existed. As much as hockey fans enjoy a big goal or a pretty pass, they love a crushing hit that rattles an opponent's bones.
With that in mind, here is a collection of the 10 biggest bone-crushing hits of the 2013 NHL season (so far).
Feel free to share hits you feel I left off this list. If you have one, please include a link to the hit in question and tell us why it belongs on our list.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the physical side of hockey.
Check out the rest of the hits via our friends at Bleacher Report!