Archive for the ‘NHL Injuries’ Category

A bloodied but awake Lars Eller leaves the Bell Centre via stretcher

A bloodied Lars Eller leaves the Bell Centre via stretcher

 

The first round of the playoffs are grinding along towards completion, and already there are more players done for the season than you can count on one hand. A lot of these aren’t your typical playoff injuries either – this year isn’t the usual rash of “Oh he’s so brave, he played through a broken finger/sore back/whatever!” This year we’ve got broken faces, missing teeth, and starting goaltenders done for the duration. And there’s still three more rounds to go. For some teams, anyway.

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At this moment half of the citizens of Ottawa threw up a little in their mouths. The rest are Leafs fans.

At this moment half of the citizens of Ottawa threw up a little in their mouths. The rest are Leafs fans.

 

Ten weeks ago, Erik Karlsson left the ice on one foot after Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke sliced his left achilles tendon in an assassination attempt a terrible accident. Shortly thereafter the word was out that he’d need surgery and was done for the season. A city wept (except all those Leafs and Habs fans) and assumed their season was over, since there were only about 6 players left uninjured on the team. How wrong they were, as the team has announced he’s 100% medically cleared to play, and could return any day.

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Crosby's beautiful smile just got a little less beautiful.

Crosby’s beautiful smile just got a little less beautiful.

There’s something particularly horrifying about dental injuries. Maybe it’s the thought of what your own mouth would look like minus a few teeth, or the sheer in-your-face nature of the injuries. You can’t see a torn ACL, but you can see a pool of blood littered with teeth. Sidney Crosby, a habitual mouthguard-wearer and owner of a (formerly) beautiful smile horrified a nation Saturday when he took a puck in the mouth at the expense of several teeth and his jaw. This week we’ll have a quick refresher on how jaw injuries are treated, and explore the options for hockey teeth.

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Ken Linseman: The rattiest of the rats.

Ken Linseman: The rattiest of the rats.

 

The NHL has a long storied history of dirtbags, and Down Goes Brown wrote a delightful post for Grantland outlining the dirtbaggiest dirtbags, and their many transgressions. What a rich treasure trove of bad behaviour and ugly injuries! Thus was born a series of Quiet Room posts exploring the worst of the injuries handed out by the worst of the dirtbags in their most inglourious moments.

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Editor’s note: this post originally ran after Blake Geoffrion’s injury on Nov. 10th, 2012 – we’ve republished it today for those who want to know more about what happened to the former Hobey Baker winner, given the bad news – today he told the Montreal Canadiens he plans to retire from professional hockey.

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Update on the update: John Glennon reports that Geoffrion has yet to officially retire.

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November 12th, 2012

Hockey fans filled the Bell Centre last night, eager to see Montreal’s AHL affiliated Hamilton Bulldogs take on the East Division-leading Syracuse crunch. A massive JP Côté hit on Hamilton’s Blake Geoffrion ended with Geoffrion skating off clutching his bleeding face, and later heading to a Montreal hospital for surgical repair of a skull fracture.

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Patrick Kaleta delivers a gentle love-tap to Brad Richards.

Patrick Kaleta delivers a gentle love-tap to Brad Richards.

Patrick Kaleta attempted to decapitate Brad Richards over the weekend with a shove from behind into the boards. Amazingly Richards didn’t die. He did lie on the ice for several minutes not moving his arms and wearing an agonized facial expression. While Kaleta apologists continue to insist this was a FIFA-style dive, anyone who’s ever had a stinger is offering up a hearty bird-flip at that suggestion.

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While Marc Savard (allegedly) found him delicious, Dan Carcillo is unlikely to do any biting of his own as he has a total of approximately three teeth.

While Marc Savard (allegedly) found him delicious, Dan Carcillo is unlikely to do any biting of his own as he has a total of approximately three teeth.

 

The human mouth is a filthy, filthy place. So is a hockey player once they’re more than a few minutes into a game, and the combination of the two is a not-uncommon occurrence in the NHL. Mikhail Grabovski’s (alleged) biting of Max Pacioretty’s arm, Alex Burrows’ (obvious) biting of Patrice Bergeron’s finger, Marc Savard’s (repeated) biting of everyone’s everything, and countless other incidents of mouth versus body part have grossed us all out year after year.

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