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20 year old NHL forward caught smashing his opponents head into the boards.

Nasty video emerges of vicious attack in the NHL.

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The optics of this are honestly pretty disgusting.

It's a very bad look for the Vancouver Canucks and more specifically for their former first round pick in the National Hockey League Draft Jake Virtanen, and to make matters worse the video is now widely available for fans to see.

While the play was not noticed by the officials on the ice, it's now clear that Virtanen deliberately and maliciously slammed the head of Carolina Hurricanes forward Joakim Nordstrom into the boards, likely with the intent of injuring him.

It's the kind of action that even die hard fans of the player would be very hard pressed to excuse, and it's the kind of action the league will likely be forced to look at with all the attention it's now getting.