5-Year-Old Hockey Fan Takes Puck to the Head, Goes to ER, Gets Staples, Returns to Game (Pics)
Meet 5-year-old hockey fan James Evans. He’s your new hero.
James is a huge San Antonio Rampage (AHL) fan. On Easter Sunday he went to the Rampage’s game against the Texas Stars with his dad, who has season tickets. They got there early, like usual, so James could fist-bump the players through the glass as they walked down the tunnel. However, on this occasion, there was an unfortunate mishap.
One of the Dallas players shot a puck into the stands and whacked James on the top of the head. After giving James the one-over, paramedics at the AT&T Center advised his dad, David Evans, that James needed stitches. So it was off to the emergency room at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
That’s where this story gets awesome.
According to dad, James wasn’t bothered at all by the pain or the blood. What bothered him was that he was missing the game.
“He told the doctor ‘Can you hurry so I can go back to the game,'” David Evans recounted to MySanAntonio.com.
When the doctor was all done, James said he still wanted to go back to the game. So they did. They got there with about 30 seconds left in regulation, then watched the Rampage toppled the Stars in overtime.
Take a look at the photos:
Obviously, the other fans in James’ section wanted a picture with the badass kid who took a puck to the head, went to the ER, and then came back for the end of the game. And James was more than happy to oblige.
As for that bloody shirt, James is keeping that as a souvenir.
“It’s a hockey shirt,” James told his dad. “It needs blood on it.”