The 2014 Junior Club World Cup is currently ongoing in Ufa, Russia. The 10-team tournament includes junior clubs from nine different countries around the world.
Out of this tournament comes the bodycheck of the hockey year so far. OK, so the "hockey year" has barely even started yet, with NHL training camps just around the corner. But this early contender is straight out of a video game.
One of the teams in the tournament are the Sioux City Musketeers, representing the USHL. And one of the Musketeers players, Markus Kojo, threw a glass-shattering check against a member of the Red Bull Salzburg squad from Austria. Look out!
What a way to open the tournament - this was the first game of the event. The Muskteteers won the highlights and on the scoreboard, topping Red Bull 7-2.
Kojo is a 20-year-old undrafted defenseman out of Finland and in his first year with the Musketeers. He's on the map now.
Forget Kronwalled - you've been Kojoed. Who's going to top this check?