Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Dustin Byfuglien throws his name into the discussion for Hit of the Year.

By William Chase

There are hits in the NHL. And then there are the monstrosity of hits that leave you with your jaw on the floor…and the other player looking like he was run over by a semi-truck.

Such was the case tonight when Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Dustin Byfuglien absolutely leveled Ottawa Senators’ forward Mark Stone tonight in Winnipeg.

Of course this wouldn’t be the first time Big Buff has shown the ability to throw his weight around:

Stone was able to skate off, but left the game due to the chest injury at the hands of the six-foot-five, 260-pounder, Mr. Byfuglien. 

If there’s any consolation for Senators fans, the Sens held on to beat the Jets 2-1. This, despite being the last Canadian club in the NHL to be eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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William Chase is editor at Elite Sports NY, and has been featured on such prominent websites including Bleacher Report. William is also currently the Marketing & Media Relations Intern for the Augusta GreenJackets.