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Getting used to playing against boyhood heroes is part of life in the NHL

Looking across the ice, the hockey fan lights up at the sight of his hero in front of him.

Then the hero digs his skates into the ice, lowers his shoulder and lights up the fan straight into the boards.

That's not a video game or a fantasy. It's a routine that plays out on rinks across the NHL when rookies first take the ice against their heroes.

"There's different instances of playing against LA and getting hit by

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