Steven Stamkos Suffers Broken Tibia After Crashing Hard Into the Post (Video + GIF)
Here’s some terrible news for Tampa Bay Lightning fans, Canadian hockey fans, and pretty much every NHL fan in general: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has suffered a broken tibia and is expected to be out of action for at least a few months.
The incident took place during Monday’s matinee game between the Lightning and the Boston Bruins, as Stamkos slid hard into his own goal after getting tied up with the Bruins’ Dougie Hamilton while backchecking.
Stamkos, who entered the game tied for the NHL lead in goals scored with 14, attempted to get to his feet, but upon realizing the extent of his injury, he collapsed back down to the ice and smashed his fist against the ground in anger. He was eventually stretchered off the ice and taken to a hospital, where it was determined that he would require surgery to repair a broken right tibia.
That is not only bad news for the Lightning, who entered the game atop the Atlantic Division, but it is also terrible news for Canadian hockey, as Stamkos was expected to play alongside Sidney Crosby on Canada’s top line at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Those in charge of picking Team Canada are expected to still name Stamkos to their roster in hopes that he’ll be able to return to the ice in time to help his country earn gold in Russia. But with the Winter Games less than three months away and this type of injury generally requiring at least 3-4 months of recovery time (as a best-case scenario), it appears likely that Canada will have to do without one of their most prolific goalscorers.
Here is a look at the injury that has become the talk of the hockey world over the course of the past 24 hours:
Get well soon Stamkos. The hockey world can’t wait to see you back in action.