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Hockey's worst injuries, starring Sami Salo's 'ruptured testicles'

May 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

samisalouch.jpgThere are plenty of grizzly, cringe-inducing injuries in hockey. Even a routine (but hard) hit in the boards would make many people re-consider their dreams of putting on their favorite team’s uniform. Still, there are moments that can reduce even these He-Man clones into mere mortals.

Especially when something happens to their testicles.

Sami Salo’s puck to the groin scared many (and sure, made some giggle when they read “ruptured testicles”) on Sunday night. The fact that he’s a game-time decision shows that he’s a hockey player (in other words, he’s very tough). This prompted one of my favorite bloggers – hockey historian Joe Pelletier – to take a look at some of the worst hockey injuries of all-time. Here are a few of the highlights.

  • Bill Masterton and Don Sanderson dying after hitting their head on the ice.
  • Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik having their necks sliced, nearly perishing on live TV.
  • Borje Salming having his face stepped on by a skate, requiring 250 stitches to repair him. 
  • Trent McCleary taking a puck to the throat.

I read various reports that indicated that trainers were forced to nearly strangle Zednik to keep him from bleeding to death. The next season, Zednik scored a couple highlight reel goals. Hockey players are awesome.

  1. Philip - May 11, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Zednik didn’t actually have to be strangled, but instead, the Sabres’ team doctor Les Bisson reached into Zednik’s neck and manually pinched his carotid artery shut. After everything was finished, his decision to do so was hailed as saving Zednik’s life.
    I had tickets to that game, but didn’t go. Glad I didn’t.
    Also, both Malarchuk and Zednik not only both nearly bled to death on TV, but both incidents happened in Buffalo.

  2. James O'Brien - May 11, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Thanks for the clarification Philip. Crazy stuff.

  3. Brandon Smith - May 12, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Actually that was not Zednik that was Malarchuk. Zednik was attended to by the panthers’ doctor, and his artery was not severed, just cut. Malarchuk’s however was and the Buffalo doctor had to skate onto the ice and then manually pinch it shut. Malarchuk was at his goal he couldn’t skate to the doctor (obviously, if you watch the video, or sports science. He was losing blood that at a rate of 3 minutes he would be dead.) so he had to come to him. Zednik was skating. He held it himself until he skated to the bench where the doctor took over.
    Just wanted to clarify haha

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