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Our weekly selection of hockey moves that leave us scratching our heads. Started back in 2007, HotW was an institution around these parts or years. As research time became more scarce, we let it lapse, but by the grace of a Gordie Hull Hat Trick, it's back!

We don't recommend that any of these feats be attempted at home, nor do we suggest that you you these fine folks as role models for your children.

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For the Week of 1/26/09
Pavel Datsyuk & Niklas Lidstrom - Detroit Red Wings

Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Lidstrom earn this week's HotW for their failure to even show up to this year's NHL All Star Game. Both were suspended for one game by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for a recently imposed rule that requires those players named to the All Star squad to show up or forfeit one game before or after the festivities.

Both players were too injured to participate in the check-fest that is the ASG, so they decided against risking further injury from all the hitting that goes on at these league sponsored love ins. Heck, even that prima donna Sydney Crosby found his way to Montreal.

Both players sat out Detroit's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which turned out to be an overtime loss for the Red Wings. Considering that the league still trails professional poker and NASCAR in the TV ratings, these guys should be showing up to pour coffee at the local Tim Hortons if the league asks.

Of course, if they really are banged up, then the rest will do them both some good, so nobody in red has an argument against the move.

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