Monday, February 11, 2008

In case you missed it...



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...

Scary stuff.

18 comments:

Loxy said...

Super scary.

The debate I'm hearing elsewhere is, do you call off the rest of the game? I gotta say, it would be hard playing the rest of the game, knowing your teammate could die.

Black Dog said...

I was at the Leafs game Saturday and Cleary took a slapshot in the face.

"Only" broke his jaw though.

mike w said...

So you were at the Leafs game, huh?

Duke of Spook said...

I love when Harry Neale goes, "I've never seen anything like that," and wise old Rick Jeanneret goes "...I'm afraid I have..." alluding to Malarchuk.

Eyeris said...

This Rotoworld tidbit, which came out yesterday, is suddenly very dated ... and a little harsh:

Richard Zednik (Florida)

The streaky Zednik is enjoying a hot stretch at present, with six goals and nine points in the Panthers' last four games, including a hat trick against the Maple Leafs this past Tuesday and a two-goal performance against the Bruins on Saturday. Ride him while he sizzles, but be prepared to dump him after he plays a non-productive game or two.

Oy!

mike w said...

True, Iris.

But I'd still drop him from my roster. Business is business.

Hockey fantasy pools are no joke!

Black Dog said...

Yep, hobnobbing in the Platinum Club no less.

They tried to arrest us but when they saw our tickets they let us in.

Of course then they deloused us. They also confiscated my coat.

No cordurouy here, son.

marriedtotheoil said...

I got talking hockey with my doctor (maybe the only other Center Ice subscriber in TX?)a couple weeks ago and he says it really frustrates him how many safety precautions are 100% feasible without nuisance to the players but don't seem even to be under investigation by the league for implementation.

That said, I don't know if yesterday could have been prevented--scary. I feel awful for Jokinen and my 2 cents is they should have called the game.

Pleasure Motors said...

That said, I don't know if yesterday could have been prevented--scary.

Neck/throat guard probably would have done the trick. Of course it'll probably be 100 years before those make it to the NHL, if they ever do.

David S said...

I dunno man. If I were on the ice when something like that happened, I'd be duct-taping old playboys to my neck the next time I played.

Fuuuuck that was scary. Buddy got the North Edmonton howdy-do. Glad to hear there was a positive outcome 'cause he sure looked like a goner.

taxitalk said...

that was awful to watch, the game has changed

Julian said...

there are underarmour shirts out there with kevlar (i think) in the turtleneck portion and in the wrists to prevent this sorta thing.

mark said...

Why not wear complete body armour? Please, this was a freak accident. Twice in the entire history of the NHL....damn good odds!!!

mike w said...

Actually players get cut in the face all of the time, admittedly not always across major arteries.

It happened early this same week to a linesman.

Rock Deputy said...

maybe the NHL should switch to rollerblades. the technology's there!

Pleasure Motors said...

Why not wear complete body armour? Please, this was a freak accident.

Sure, but it's a freak accident that could very easily lead to someone dying on the ice, which should at least merit some discussion. Besides, I hardly think adding what's essentially a heavy-duty turtleneck to the standard equipment is going to affect the players in any way other than guarding against these kinds of incidents (to say nothing of getting pucks and sticks in the throat, which are decidedly more common).

Kirk said...

Anyone see the news?

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=229467&hubname=nhl

The Human Torch said...

It only took one fan taking a fatal slapshot to the forehead for the league to institute the nets around the end glass, so it wouldn't surprise me at all to see this brought up in the league summer meetings, resulting in changes to equipment next year.

Look on the bright side... equipment changes might get us rid of the god-awful Reebok "jerseys."