|Screenshot from Youtube: Boston's Matt Savard is carted away by medical staff after a blow to the head by Matt Cooke.|
It takes years to build a reputation but only seconds to self-destruct. Of the thousands of hits that Matt Cooke has delivered in his 15-year hockey career, only a handful can safely be called reckless. However, that handful has to come represent them all.
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Cooke signed this summer with the Minnesota Wild. In a profile for this week's cover, he tells us, "I made it in the league for so long because I played a certain way." Night after night, he went out looking for the biggest hit possible.
Below we've compiled five hits that overshadowed his offensive abilities and forced him to change, both on the ice and off.More »