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- Tyler Kleven is a beast.
- The big North Dakota hockey defender lays people out and takes their lunch money on a consistent basis.
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Do not get in the way of Tyler Kleven. If you do, the University of North Dakota ice hockey defender will absolutely light up your world, as he showed on Friday night.
Kleven, a sophomore, stands 6-foot-4, 213 pounds and he is a heat-seeking missile. During the Fighting Hawk’s game against Omaha, he delivered one of the most violent hits that you will ever see.
An Omaha forward brought the puck up the ice and was out in front near the blue line. At that point, Kleven circled back toward the middle of the ice, quickly changed direction and accelerated, lowered his shoulder, and laid him out. He sent him airborne for a moment and then flat onto the ice.
It was vicious. Take a look:
— North Dakota MHockey (@UNDmhockey) February 5, 2022
The craziest part of Kleven’s hit is that he was not, in any way, coming forward. Kleven was skating back on defense and barely turned up the ice to deliver a hit that will make your bones rattle. Imagine if he had some sort of forward momentum and did that?! Sheesh.
While you might watch the hit and think “OH MY GOODNESS,” those who watch North Dakota didn’t bat an eye. That is just what Kleven does.
— Owen Young (@young0wen) January 29, 2022
He’s a bully in the best way.
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) August 1, 2021
Kleven crushes people over and over…
How about another crunch for Tyler Kleven. pic.twitter.com/TPkPSK74H0
— Everyday Sens (@EverydaySens) November 13, 2021
and over again.
— sensupdates (@Sensupdates_) November 7, 2021
He’s a barbarian.
Tyler Kleven lays the body well here, but the play results in a goal against.
— Pesky Sickos (@PeskySickos) October 9, 2021
But that’s not all he can do. If you give Kleven the opportunity, he’ll snipe one past your keeper bar downski.
— UND Insider (@UNDinsider) October 9, 2021
Kleven is currently tied to the Ottawa Senators organization and he’s going to be an immediate impact whenever he takes that next step.