Darren Archibald was a pleasant surprise in his 8-game call-up with the Canucks. The 6’3″ winger didn’t look at all out-of-place in the NHL, which is quite the accomplishment considering he started his professional career with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, with many Canucks fans writing him off as a prospect.
It seems likely that we’ll see more of Archibald in a Canucks jersey, as he combines the frame and physicality of a fourth-liner with surprisingly soft hands and decent vision. But mainly it’s the frame and physicality, which Archibald put to great use Tuesday night, absolutely destroying Karl Stollery of the Lake Erie Monsters with one of the biggest (and cleanest) hits you will ever see.
That is what is known in the business as being sent ass over teakettle or, if you’re feeling a little more restrained, bum over boiler. It actually looks a bit like a video game hit, except Stollery didn’t bounce after hitting the ice.
It’s not often that you see a player do a 360 degree somersault after getting hit unless it’s a hipcheck, but this is a shoulder-to-shoulder hit that sends Stollery tumbling.
The Comets even saw fit to make their own GIF of the hit and send it in to Deadspin, because they knew more people needed to see Darren “Destroyer of Worlds” Archibald truck a guy.
Yeah, that’s fantastic.
It should be noted that Darren Archibald is 6’3″ and 212 lbs, while Stollery is 5’11″ and 185 lbs, which helps explain some of the devastation we’re seeing here. But still, that is one of the biggest hits of the year.