Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski Takes Puck to the Face, and the Results are HORRIFYING (Vid + Pics)


The NHL Playoffs always seem to remind us just how tough hockey players are compared to athletes in other sports.

On Sunday, we were provided with yet another reminder when Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski took a puck to the face, only to return later on in the game after getting patched up.

Here’s a look at the play (during which the Pittsburgh Penguins scored just a few second later):

Here’s a look at Werekski’s face when he returned to play in the third period:

And here’s a selfie from the Jackets’ d-man following the game: 

Looking good, Zach.

After the game, when Columbus coach John Tortorella was asked about his thoughts on Werenski returning to the game after the injury, he rightfully suggested, “(He has) balls as big as the building, doesn’t he?”

Unfortunately, Werenski’s gutsy performance didn’t translate into a win for the Blue Jackets, who now trail the Penguins 3-0 in their opening round series.

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