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2013-03-06 09:23:17 AM  
I have never seen someone kick like that from pain.  Not football players with broken legs.  Not MMA fighters with broken arms or dislocated joints.  Not even the goalie that got his throat slit.

 I've seen soccer players roll like that, but I think they might be embellishing the injury just a tad.
 
2013-03-06 09:32:07 AM  
And those on the New York Rangers without visors are asking the equipment manager to put visors on their helmets in 3...2...1...
 
2013-03-06 09:38:26 AM  
Doubtful. Guys who dont wear visors still wont wear them until something like this happens to them.

Brian Berard practically had his eye carved out of the socket by a high stick and guys still wouldnt wear them. And that was years ago.
 
2013-03-06 09:38:58 AM  
Jebus that hurt to watch.
 
2013-03-06 09:50:02 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-06 09:50:28 AM  
Malhotra was forced to retire due to this.
 
2013-03-06 09:52:03 AM  
Yikes... Saw this on the recap this morning.

That's gonna leave a mark.
 
2013-03-06 09:58:11 AM  

beautifulbob: I have never seen someone kick like that from pain.  Not football players with broken legs.  Not MMA fighters with broken arms or dislocated joints.  Not even the goalie that got his throat slit.

 I've seen soccer players roll like that, but I think they might be embellishing the injury just a tad.


Uh, blood was pouring out.  Different injuries hurt different ways.

If you have a broken leg, you're not going to be kicking.  If you have a lacerated carotid, it probably doesn't hurt that much, but it's a whole lot of shock.

Ever hear the phrase "writhing in pain?" Yeah, that's what writhing in pain looks like.
 
2013-03-06 09:58:12 AM  

keylock71: Yikes... Saw this on the recap this morning.

That's gonna leave a mark.


Still no word on how big a mark, update wise...
 
2013-03-06 10:00:49 AM  

sno man: keylock71: Yikes... Saw this on the recap this morning.

That's gonna leave a mark.

Still no word on how big a mark, update wise...


Imagine it will be a few days before we get the full scope of the injury. Hope he recovers, though. Nasty.
 
2013-03-06 10:06:15 AM  
It really is unbelievable that there are players still stupid enough to go out there without a visor.  Especially since they wore either a cage or a visor throughout minor and junior hockey, throughout college, throughout Europe.  I feel bad for Marc Staal, because god that was ugly, but he is paying for his own idiocy today.  I mean, it isn't as if we don't see pucks deflect up into a player's face 10 times a year or anything. This was hardly a fluke nobody could have been prepared for.
 
2013-03-06 10:09:42 AM  

keylock71: sno man: keylock71: Yikes... Saw this on the recap this morning.

That's gonna leave a mark.

Still no word on how big a mark, update wise...

Imagine it will be a few days before we get the full scope of the injury. Hope he recovers, though. Nasty.


There should be some kind of update from the team by noon, I'm sure he was getting looked at by a whole flock of specialists first thing this morning.
Right with you on the best wishes part...
 
2013-03-06 10:11:17 AM  
Staal, who does not wear a visor...

Yup.
 
2013-03-06 10:14:35 AM  
Well, at least he didn't take a skate slicing his eye open. That would be pretty bad.

Your welcome for that imagery.
 
2013-03-06 10:18:43 AM  

sno man: keylock71: sno man: keylock71: Yikes... Saw this on the recap this morning.

That's gonna leave a mark.

Still no word on how big a mark, update wise...

Imagine it will be a few days before we get the full scope of the injury. Hope he recovers, though. Nasty.

There should be some kind of update from the team by noon, I'm sure he was getting looked at by a whole flock of specialists first thing this morning.
Right with you on the best wishes part...


'Day to day with an upper body injury'
 
2013-03-06 10:20:29 AM  

LesserEvil: Well, at least he didn't take a skate slicing his eye open. That would be pretty bad.

Your welcome for that imagery.


Gross. That's a vomit inducing thought. There are three things I can't stand thinking about.
1. Things slicing or going into an eye ball
2. Things going up a pee hole
3. Things driving under a finger nail
 
2013-03-06 10:20:32 AM  
I play rec hockey and I've taken three or four slapshots and about a dozen sticks to the front of my face in the last 12 months alone.  If I didn't wear a cage, I'd be seriously farked up right now.  I can't imagine people who don't play with some sort of full face covering.
 
2013-03-06 10:27:52 AM  

Ishkur: Malhotra was forced to retire due to this.


Bernie Parent as well.

/Yes, I'm that old.
 
2013-03-06 10:28:03 AM  

LesserEvil: Well, at least he didn't take a skate slicing his eye open. That would be pretty bad.

Your welcome for that imagery.


You're a bad person, and you should feel bad.

/that made me cringe
 
2013-03-06 10:40:36 AM  

meanmutton: I can't imagine people who don't play with some sort of full face covering.


crashingthegoalie.files.wordpress.com

"Pussies... I say. Pussies."

Joking, of course...
 
2013-03-06 10:49:10 AM  

keylock71: meanmutton: I can't imagine people who don't play with some sort of full face covering.

[crashingthegoalie.files.wordpress.com image 500x631]

"Pussies... I say. Pussies."

Joking, of course...


Just to think, if this was back then they'd probably give Staal a 6 pack of Budweiser, a bottle of whiskey and a couple aspirin and say "see you at morning skate".
 
2013-03-06 10:56:09 AM  
I've ALMOST been hit in the face with a puck 3 times. I remember them all like near death experiences.
 
2013-03-06 10:57:22 AM  
It was bad, but thankfully it doesn't look like it caught him directly in the eye. First hits the brow and then down to his eye.  Still awful especially with the level that Staal was playing at.  Word is he didn't go to the hospital.

CSB - when I slipped on some ice while biking to school my eyebrow caught the edge of the sidewalk, within about 20 seconds half of my face was covered in blood.  Yet all that I needed was 6 stitches.  I wonder what the delivery truck driver thought when I came up to him and asked him "how bad is this?" Since all I knew was blood was streaming out, but had no idea the extent of the gash.
 
2013-03-06 10:58:47 AM  
I've been reffing for 25 years, and I've always worn a half shield. A few years ago, I bought a new helmet, and the shield I got with it didn't fit. Ordered a new shield, but had a couple of games over that weekend, and decided "what could go wrong." Naturally, I got hit above the eye with a clearing shot off the stanchion in a Midget game. Broke three bones in my face (the orbital bone in two places and the bridge of my nose). Half an inch lower and every day would be talk like a pirate day.

/CS, Ref
//yarrr
 
2013-03-06 11:02:47 AM  
You should be ashamed of yourself, Subby.

As for Staal, sucks to be him, but it was avoidable. That's the risk you take not wearing a visor. Maybe you want be a tough guy or something, I don't know. Seems pretty dumb to risk blindness just so you don't wear a piece of commonly-accepted equipment.

I've said it before - if I was an NHL owner I'd order my staff to make visors mandatory as a clause in the contracts. Player don't like it, he can go elsewhere. I wouldn't pay some chump to sit on IR when it's so easy to prevent.
 
2013-03-06 11:08:26 AM  

Pin Fiften Clob: It was bad, but thankfully it doesn't look like it caught him directly in the eye. First hits the brow and then down to his eye.  Still awful especially with the level that Staal was playing at.  Word is he didn't go to the hospital.

CSB - when I slipped on some ice while biking to school my eyebrow caught the edge of the sidewalk, within about 20 seconds half of my face was covered in blood.  Yet all that I needed was 6 stitches.  I wonder what the delivery truck driver thought when I came up to him and asked him "how bad is this?" Since all I knew was blood was streaming out, but had no idea the extent of the gash.


My sister once tried throwing a rock over my head...but didn't quite make it.  It hit me straight on the forehead, and I was gushing blood when I went inside for my mom.  When she got all of the blood off, there was just a tiny (but deep) cut.  It didn't even need stitches, and I didn't go to the hospital.  Even small head injuries bleed like Niagara Falls.
 
2013-03-06 11:10:10 AM  

Resolute: It really is unbelievable that there are players still stupid enough to go out there without a visor.  Especially since they wore either a cage or a visor throughout minor and junior hockey, throughout college, throughout Europe.  I feel bad for Marc Staal, because god that was ugly, but he is paying for his own idiocy today.  I mean, it isn't as if we don't see pucks deflect up into a player's face 10 times a year or anything. This was hardly a fluke nobody could have been prepared for.


I get why players don't wear a visor. They do alter your vision a bit. But when I submitted Deadspin's article on this (which included video of Staal getting hit) last night, my headline was still as follows:

Hockey players: WEAR A FARKING VISOR

You can overcome altered vision due to hard plastic. You can't really overcome getting your eye shot out.
 
2013-03-06 11:15:05 AM  

swahnhennessy: You should be ashamed of yourself, Subby.

As for Staal, sucks to be him, but it was avoidable. That's the risk you take not wearing a visor. Maybe you want be a tough guy or something, I don't know. Seems pretty dumb to risk blindness just so you don't wear a piece of commonly-accepted equipment.

I've said it before - if I was an NHL owner I'd order my staff to make visors mandatory as a clause in the contracts. Player don't like it, he can go elsewhere. I wouldn't pay some chump to sit on IR when it's so easy to prevent.


NHL owners can't individually institute such a rule, but you already knew that.

It's way past time for the league as a whole to make visors mandatory.  Grandfather in the current idiots who don't want one just like they did with helmets.
 
2013-03-06 11:34:10 AM  

WhiskeySticks: keylock71: meanmutton: I can't imagine people who don't play with some sort of full face covering.

[crashingthegoalie.files.wordpress.com image 500x631]

"Pussies... I say. Pussies."

Joking, of course...

Just to think, if this was back then they'd probably give Staal a 6 pack of Budweiser, a bottle of whiskey and a couple aspirin and say "see you at morning skate".


Pretty much... Alcohol was probably the prescription for a lot of injuries back then.

Always loved this one, too:

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2013-03-06 11:35:01 AM  
I was at stick and puck a few weeks ago and six guys were playing a 3 on 3, 3 bar game, and one of the guys playing didnt have a visor or a cage or anything. A guy on the other team tries to chip the puck up past the visorless guy and hits him square in the eye. All I could do is shake my head and wonder why the hell he would step out here without something to protect his eyes. We dont get paid to play this game, why would you put yourself at risk like that. And he sure as hell isnt good enough that a cage or visor is going to hamper his performance. It is just stupid.

There is no chance you could get me to step out onto the ice without a cage. I wear kevlar socks too. They are a little thicker than normal skating socks, but I generally like my legs not slashed open. I play beginner hockey and these people flail their skates everywhere when they fall.
 
2013-03-06 11:35:11 AM  

Dick Gozinya: Brian Berard practically had his eye carved out of the socket by a high stick and guys still wouldnt wear them. And that was years ago.


I remember that, Hossa was the one who did the carving right?
 
2013-03-06 11:39:41 AM  

MyKingdomForYourHorse: Dick Gozinya: Brian Berard practically had his eye carved out of the socket by a high stick and guys still wouldnt wear them. And that was years ago.

I remember that, Hossa was the one who did the carving right?


Yea it was, Berard forgave him the next day too, despite what a certain Leaf fan will tell you as soon as he gets here.
 
2013-03-06 11:46:54 AM  

bborchar: Pin Fiften Clob: It was bad, but thankfully it doesn't look like it caught him directly in the eye. First hits the brow and then down to his eye.  Still awful especially with the level that Staal was playing at.  Word is he didn't go to the hospital.

CSB - when I slipped on some ice while biking to school my eyebrow caught the edge of the sidewalk, within about 20 seconds half of my face was covered in blood.  Yet all that I needed was 6 stitches.  I wonder what the delivery truck driver thought when I came up to him and asked him "how bad is this?" Since all I knew was blood was streaming out, but had no idea the extent of the gash.

My sister once tried throwing a rock over my head...but didn't quite make it.  It hit me straight on the forehead, and I was gushing blood when I went inside for my mom.  When she got all of the blood off, there was just a tiny (but deep) cut.  It didn't even need stitches, and I didn't go to the hospital.  Even small head injuries bleed like Niagara Falls.


At summer camp, someone cracked me in the forehead with a flashlight/radio (this was 1992, when those things weighed several pounds from the 6 C-cells alone) - bled like a losing boxer and it hurt like hell, but no stitches.

This was 2 years after I got hit in the bridge of the nose with a golf ball. No broken nose, no stitches, and (IIRC) very little blood (comparatively).

// luckily I didn't brain my damage
 
2013-03-06 11:58:51 AM  

beautifulbob: I have never seen someone kick like that from pain.  Not football players with broken legs.  Not MMA fighters with broken arms or dislocated joints.  Not even the goalie that got his throat slit.

 I've seen soccer players roll like that, but I think they might be embellishing the injury just a tad.


My grandmother once took a puck off her forehead at a Badgers' hockey game.  The puck rebounded off a blocked shot on goal, flew over the glass into the stands, and hit her so fast that no one in the stands even realized the puck was out of play.  Blood was pouring down the side of her face and she had no clue why everyone was making such a big deal, but she went to the hospital and had it stitched anyway.  Pretty sure my dad still has the puck too.

//When my dad first told me the story, he said she just glared at the blood and it went back into the cut, which closed in fear.  I believed that version for longer than I care to admit, though at 85, she is starting to slow down a bit.  Just don't let her hear it, though.
 
2013-03-06 12:05:27 PM  

robertus: a clearing shot off the stanchion in a Midget game. Broke three bones in my face


HOLY FARKNUTS
 
2013-03-06 12:06:27 PM  

swahnhennessy: I've said it before - if I was an NHL owner I'd order my staff to make visors mandatory as a clause in the contracts.


While I agree with you, that's a negotiated part of the union contract.  Owners can't independently change it.
 
2013-03-06 12:17:56 PM  
Looks like Staal is done. Hamrlik is going to fill in his position. I feel so bad for Staal .. mostly cause he is a Staal and I am from Thunder Bay.
 
2013-03-06 12:25:31 PM  

desertgeek: Resolute: It really is unbelievable that there are players still stupid enough to go out there without a visor.  Especially since they wore either a cage or a visor throughout minor and junior hockey, throughout college, throughout Europe.  I feel bad for Marc Staal, because god that was ugly, but he is paying for his own idiocy today.  I mean, it isn't as if we don't see pucks deflect up into a player's face 10 times a year or anything. This was hardly a fluke nobody could have been prepared for.

I get why players don't wear a visor. They do alter your vision a bit. But when I submitted Deadspin's article on this (which included video of Staal getting hit) last night, my headline was still as follows:

Hockey players: WEAR A FARKING VISOR

You can overcome altered vision due to hard plastic. You can't really overcome getting your eye shot out.


I'm with Nash on this
"I believe it should be your option. Maybe I'm older-school, but we're playing the highest level of hockey in the world and I just think we should be allowed to make that decision ourselves."
They're big boys let them decide if they want to risk their eyes
 
2013-03-06 12:31:19 PM  
Reminds me of this: Never put salt in your eyes!
 
2013-03-06 12:34:25 PM  

Malcolm_Sex: I've ALMOST been hit in the face with a puck 3 times. I remember them all like near death experiences.


OMG that is horrible! Im so sorry. Naturally I had assumed your face HAD been hit. Wow man tough times at the genetic lottery. ;-)
 
2013-03-06 01:08:02 PM  

Malcolm_Sex: I'm with Nash on this
"I believe it should be your option. Maybe I'm older-school, but we're playing the highest level of hockey in the world and I just think we should be allowed to make that decision ourselves."
They're big boys let them decide if they want to risk their eyes


And that's totally fair, but with as much money as those players are making now; I think players owe it to their bosses and more importantly, to their teammates to take all the safety precautions they can.
 
2013-03-06 01:39:20 PM  

ontariolightning: Looks like Staal is done. Hamrlik is going to fill in his position. I feel so bad for Staal .. mostly cause he is a Staal and I am from Thunder Bay.


you being from thunderbay is kinda your own fault. you don't always have to support the hometown boys even if there is what 19 of them?

/ i really miss the hoito
// con college grad
/// loved sharkeys bar
// slashies
 
2013-03-06 01:55:40 PM  
I have a nice scar over my eye from a shot like this.  I was playing in a rec league with a visor and the puck caught my stick at the right angle and came straight up under the visor.  Was a freak accident but it does happen.  I have been at NHL games where a player flails his stick around and it gets under the visor of the opposing player.

The thing I don't get is the complaint that the vision is distorted with a visor.  Most, if not all the NHL players now have come up since the rules to wear full face protection have been in place, either the plastic or cage type masks.   Why is a half visor that big of a switch?  To me it was no different.  Of course I write code for a living so....
 
2013-03-06 02:43:50 PM  

robertus: I've been reffing for 25 years, and I've always worn a half shield. A few years ago, I bought a new helmet, and the shield I got with it didn't fit. Ordered a new shield, but had a couple of games over that weekend, and decided "what could go wrong." Naturally, I got hit above the eye with a clearing shot off the stanchion in a Midget game. Broke three bones in my face (the orbital bone in two places and the bridge of my nose). Half an inch lower and every day would be talk like a pirate day.

/CS, Ref
//yarrr


Best place to aim when clearing is the ref's head. It'll move, and other players aren't likely to dive in to help.

//get off yer knees, yer blowin' the game!
 
2013-03-06 02:46:05 PM  

Boxcutta: Staal, who does not wear a visor...

Yup.


More like....

cdn.cnwimg.com
 
2013-03-06 02:46:32 PM  
I'm not gonna watch the video of that. I'm still traumatized from Johnny Knox getting folded in half backwards.
 
2013-03-06 02:52:47 PM  

nodubs: robertus: I've been reffing for 25 years, and I've always worn a half shield. A few years ago, I bought a new helmet, and the shield I got with it didn't fit. Ordered a new shield, but had a couple of games over that weekend, and decided "what could go wrong." Naturally, I got hit above the eye with a clearing shot off the stanchion in a Midget game. Broke three bones in my face (the orbital bone in two places and the bridge of my nose). Half an inch lower and every day would be talk like a pirate day.

/CS, Ref
//yarrr

Best place to aim when clearing is the ref's head. It'll move, and other players aren't likely to dive in to help.

//get off yer knees, yer blowin' the game!


Ha!
If the shot had hit the glass, I would've been fine - it would've gone around my gigantic melon. But it hit one of the stanchions, and so instead of a 130-degree angle, the puck went 80 degrees. Fortunately, there was a big winger between me and the shooter, and I never saw it coming. Wouldn't have had time to react if I did.

/One of the linesmen was a paramedic, so I had that going for me.
//Went looking for a video of the game for training purposes, but apparently nobody was filming. That, or they thought I was gonna sue.
 
2013-03-06 05:04:26 PM  
I think half of them don't wear them because it's not cool or something - gotta look tough.
Hockey is not a fashion statement. I wear a full cage in my adult league. I don't give a shiat what anyone thinks, I took a puck right into it that bent it in and would have crushed my face. I was like "see see! I'm not dumb"
 
Al!
2013-03-06 06:26:52 PM  
Hope he got credit for a blocked shot.
 
2013-03-06 08:27:53 PM  
For lack of a newer hockey thread:

The Blackhawks are scary good.

/Wings fan
 
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