AHL Hockey Player Gets Face Slashed Open By Teammate’s Skate Blade (Video)
Auto racing is probably the most dangerous sport in terms of constant potential for fatal injury. But when it comes to constant potential for gruesome injury, hockey takes the cake. No other sport has quite as many dangerous variables.
That’s not to say you won’t see horrific soccer injuries, or horrific football injuries. Obviously, those happen, but they’re all just contact-related injuries. In hockey, you can be injured by contact with another player. But you can also crash into the boards, get hit with the puck, get slashed with a stick, get run over by a sharp skate, or you can suffer pretty much any combination of these misfortunes. The possibilities are almost endless.
That brings us to what happened during a recent AHL game between the San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers affiliate) and Texas Stars (Dallas Stars affiliate). Rampage right winger Andre Deveaux took a nasty slash to the face from the stick of a Stars player and fell to the ice. Then, while lying there on his back, one of Deveaux’s teammates stepped on his face with his skate.
Profuse bleeding ensued.
Here’s a video of the incident. Despite the fact that you don’t see any blood, it’s still cringe-inducing. Check it out:
The injury and the trail of blood left over caused a 15-minute delay in the game. Deveaux was taken off the ice and headed to the locker room, but they soon realized that he required more attention than the team’s medical staff could provide. So off to the hospital he went, where he received 50 stitches along his cheekbone.
I suspect Mr. Deveaux is going to have a pretty gnarly hockey mug after this one.
Hat Tip – [Puck Daddy]