NHL Linesman Suffers Dislocated Knee Cap, Torn Quad After Brutal Fall (VIDEO)
The NHL playoffs are unlike any other postseason in sports. Describing them as grueling would be an understatement. Every player’s will is tested, and in the end only the toughest survive. No one is safe in the NHL playoffs…
Heck, not even the refs.
During Game 2 between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, NHL linesman Steve Barton took a nasty spill following a faceoff that forced him to leave the game:
We’ve got a linesman down in Washington pic.twitter.com/p4NZDDJ7LM
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 16, 2018
Today, the extent of Barton’s injury was revealed. And it’s not pretty:
#NHL director of officiating Steven Walkom on linesman Steve Barton, injured in Sunday’s game:
“Steve suffered a dislocated knee cap and a torn quadriceps which will require surgery. Fortunately, doctors told him this is the type of injury that you recover back to 100 percent.”
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) April 16, 2018
There have been some tough injuries suffered less than a week into the 2018 NHL Playoffs, but a dislocated knee cap and a torn quad are by far the worst we’ve seen. You never like to see someone go down with something like that. Not even the guys wearing the zebra stripes.