For those of you not old enough to not remember Clint Malarchuk almost bleeding to death on the ice, here's another close call. If you aren't squeamish, about 2:08 into the clip shows what can happen when you slice a carotid artery with a skate. Fortunately, Richard Zednik is fine. When you think of all the close calls, the NHL is actually lucky to only have one on-ice death in its history, and I wouldn't be surprised if we saw number two within a few years. The game has changed and become much faster in the last twenty years, with players shooting the puck at 100 mph, it's only a matter of time before a player takes a slapshot between the eyes and drops dead. Or bleeds to death...
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