I Find This Photo Odd: Dan Hamhuis will kick you

Canuck fans got a taste of Dan Hamhuis’s skillset last season, as he smoothly transitioned into the team’s top defense pairing, providing a steadying presence for Kevin Bieksa and, with him, establishing one of the league’s most effective shutdown duos.

But have we seen all Dan Hamhuis has to offer? No, and I’m not talking about the promising offensive flourishes he’s shown through two games this season. I’m talking about the karate.

Up until the other night, nobody knew Hamhuis’s his most effective crease-clearing strategy: the Chun Li-style kick combo, in which he defies all known laws of physics, perches on his back leg and kicks wildly in all directions.

You’ll notice that there are no Blue Jackets in this photo. That’s because, when the Dan Hamhuis kicking attack combo starts up, they know to keep their distance. Just out of frame, all five Columbus players are marvelling at Hamhuis’s balance and leg control.

Where did Hamhuis learn to kick like that? Why, on the Street Fighter circuit, of course.

Anyway. I find this photo odd.

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6 comments

  1. callmeawesome
    October 12, 2011

    Does Hamhuis listen to ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ during the warm up? Seems like it! LOL #pumpeduphammer

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  2. The Bookie
    October 12, 2011

    I heard whenever the Canucks have a few nights off, he heads down to Seattle to fight crime.

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    • ChocolateThunder
      October 12, 2011

      That would be Sami Salo actually … but shhhh it’s a secret.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        October 13, 2011

        Ooh, old-school PITB callback. Nice reference.

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  3. jim
    October 13, 2011

    Sweet and Respectful Chin Music?

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  4. Rituro
    October 13, 2011

    So can we expect Hamhuis to bust out some Hikkoken nonsense once the playoffs start? I would totally be down for that and/or Bieksa to incorporate a few Shoryukens. Worst case scenario, is it too much to ask for some Final Atomic Ballardsters?

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