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    [–] GIFs of hockey history: "Mr. Blue" When the Blues joined the NHL in 1967, Bobby Plager, along with his brothers Barclay and Billy, helped the team reach the Cup Finals in each of its first three years. Bobby was the master of the hip check, which he delivered to Derek Sanderson in the 1970 SCF. lostcanuck 89 points ago in hockey

    Bobby details the hip check and his feud with Derek Sanderson in his book Bob Plager's Tales from the Blues Bench: A Collection of the Greatest St. Louis Blues Tales Ever Told

    A KNEE FOR A KNEE

    My second season in St. Louis I got my knee operated on because of Derek Sanderson. We were playing the Bruins and it was near the end of the game. The whistle blew, the play was over and I relaxed. Derek stuck his knee out and he got me. And it was bad.

    It was a dirty hit and he got away with it. There was no penalty. I got up and skated back to the bench. There was pain but nothing on my face. I didn't want him to know he hurt me. When the game was over I got on the trainer's table and they said the ligaments were torn right off the kneecap. They wanted to operate that night but they waited till the next day, which was Thanksgiving. After the game I was on crutches and I was going out to my car. The bus with the Bruins drove by. Bad timing. A window opened and Sanderson yelled out "How's the knee Bob?"

    That's what hurt the most, that he knew he hurt me. I yelled back "Your time will come." I had put a lot of players out of the game with hits, and a lot had been operated on. But I never felt bad because they were clean hits. That was part of the game. This was different.

    I came back late in the season. The first time we played Boston, every time I skated past Sanderson I said "I owe you - I'm going to get you - I owe you." It was the first game so he expected to get hit. Everybody expected him to get hit. But when I got him, it was going to be at the right time and it was going to be a bad one.

    I knew he was watching me that night. It really affected his play. He was doing things like slowing down when he went into the corners with me. So I didn't do anything to him the first few times we played. I'd skate past him and say "It could be tonight, but it won't be pretty." I always thought I owned him because he'd be watching me. His mind was on me. I was in no hurry but I was going to get him.

    Then one day I hit Derek with a hip check. He went up and over me. He got his knee hurt and he got operated on. When he finally came back he was smiling. He said "I guess were even now." I said "Derek my hit was a clean one. Yours was dirty. I'm still going to get you. And you'll know it. And it won't be pretty."

    This went on for some years, even after he got traded to the Rangers. Then we were playing New York and he jumped Claude Larose and fought him. We collided by our bench and i grabbed Derek. I held him and I said "It could be now". He said "You've been saying that for years. I don't think you have the guts. I just said "Well" And I punched him in the face. I proceeded to pound him good. Nobody came to help him. Usually when a guy's getting beat up somebody's going to jump in. You don't want to see a teammate get beat like that. He took a lot of punches and he had enough left to skate off the ice and hold his hand up like he'd won.

    [–] My brother and I motorbiked around the remote and mountainous region of northern Vietnam. Along the way we photographed the people we met. lostcanuck 46 points ago in pics

    To those feeling inspired to visit northern Vietnam and motorbike throughout the Ha Giang province like we did, please feel free to AMA. We had an incredible time there and can't recommend it enough as an adventure off the beaten path. It was just plain awesome.

    If you're interested in a longer, more detailed album of our motorbike trip.

    Also, if you'd like to see a rough version of our itinerary.

    Hopefully that covers some questions already!

    [–] My brother and I motorbiked around the remote and mountainous region of northern Vietnam. Along the way we photographed the people we met. lostcanuck 10 points ago in pics

    Sort of. We wanted to do a motorbike trip somewhere in southeast Asia. We Googled for a bit and came across this loop in Ha Giang, Vietnam. Incredible scenery, crazy roads, friendly people, tasty food, and away from the main flock of tourists. Booked our tickets the next day.

    [–] My brother and I motorbiked around the remote and mountainous region of northern Vietnam. Along the way we photographed the people we met. lostcanuck 34 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago) in pics

    Thanks man, glad you enjoyed it. All credit goes to my brother for the photos. I mostly just stood around talking to the locals. They really are some of the nicest, friendliest, and most outgoing people we've ever met.

    [–] My brother and I motorbiked around the remote and mountainous region of northern Vietnam. Along the way we photographed the people we met. lostcanuck 10 points ago in pics

    Reading that sent a shiver down my spine. Brrrr. I remember before we headed out on the first day from Ha Giang, a group of bikers came into the hostel -- one of them with a broken leg. Those windy roads aren't for the faint of heart.

    [–] My brother and I went on a road trip throughout one of the most remote parts of Vietnam, Ha Giang. lostcanuck 3 points ago in motorcycles

    Did it all ourselves. Spent a lot of time researching everything. Slowly built up a big Excel file with some tabs (tentative itinerary, costs, what to bring, things to see...).

    Here's the Excel.

    [–] My brother and I went on a road trip throughout one of the most remote parts of Vietnam, Ha Giang. lostcanuck 2 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago) in motorcycles

    When we were in the small ethnic villages, we used a lot of Google Translate. Made for some fun conversations. Other than that, we had memorized some go-to words in Vietnamese/Hmong (hello, coffee, banana, water...). For the most part /u/magkanoaeroplano nailed it! They always wanted to know where we came from (Canada), where we were driving from that morning, and our destination. Lots of itinerary conversation.

    [–] My brother and I went on a road trip throughout one of the most remote parts of Vietnam, Ha Giang. lostcanuck 1 points ago in motorcycles

    The only thing we booked ahead was our hostel in Hanoi for the day we arrived in Vietnam. Once we were in Ha Giang there was no need to book anything in advanced. Stayed in little two-star budget hotels that cost around 10 bucks/night.

    [–] My brother and I went on a road trip throughout one of the most remote parts of Vietnam, Ha Giang. lostcanuck 6 points ago in motorcycles

    Thanks! All in all it was 2 weeks. We spent eight days on motorbikes, a couple days in Hanoi, and a couple days on the coast in Lan Ha Bay.

    [–] My bro and I spent 8 days motorbiking throughout one of Vietnam's poorest provinces, Ha Giang. This mountainous region in the north is considered Vietnam's final frontier. We came across hill tribes, communist street decorations, mystical landscapes, yellow rice terraces, and so many hellos! lostcanuck 2 points ago in pics

    For the most part petrol stations were extremely easy to find. We usually filled up first thing in the morning and went the entire day on one tank. There were a couple sketchy moments when we were thankful to come across a tiny tiny village (think one small dirt road type of village) that had a hand-operated petrol pump. It costs almost nothing to fill up, so best advice is to do it as often as you see a petrol station!