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Gruesome Hockey Laceration: KHL Player Loses Pint Of Blood After Carotid Artery Slashed By Skate (Video)
There haven’t been many serious injuries involving skate blades in the sport of hockey over the years. However, when they do happen, they are horrifying. And strangely, the two most glaring examples both took place in Buffalo.
Four years ago, the Florida Panthers’ Richard Zednick had his carotid artery nicked by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen and lost 5 pints of blood in an incident that left fans and players stunned.
But that was nothing compared to the scene that unfolded in Buffalo in 1989, when the same thing happened to goalie Clint Malarchuk, resulting in what has to be the goriest scene in the history of professional sports.
Still, incidents like these are rare—which is what makes the latest case so noteworthy.
During a KHL game between Yekaterinburg and Traktor Chelyabinsk on Sunday, the skate of former NHL journeyman Jan Bulis clipped the neck of Denis Sokolov as the two were racing for a puck, slicing Sokolov’s carotid artery.
The incident occurs at the 1:13 mark of the following video. Take a look for yourself, but be warned: it’s not for the faint of heart (or stomach):
Luckily—and I’m talking, “win the lottery” kind of luck—the cut wasn’t too bad, and Sokolov “only” lost a pint of blood. And because he’s a hockey player, he says he’ll miss just one game before rejoining the team for their game against Khanty-Mansiysk next Thursday.
Hat Tip – [Puck Daddy]