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“Mom, I look like Frankenstein” — Taylor Hall on gruesome head injury (with photo)

Jan 19, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

Wanna know what you’d look like after your teammate stepped on your head with a razor-sharp skate blade and 30 stitches were required to close the gash?

Here ya go:


That’s Edmonton Oilers sophomore sensation Taylor Hall, two days after he was sliced open by Corey Potter‘s skate while warming up for a game against Columbus. Hall missed the Blue Jackets contest and is unlikely to play tonight against St. Louis — the Oilers have yet to indicate when Hall will return to the lineup, though head coach Tom Renney said he’s feeling better.

“He’s doing much better. Swelling has gone down, he’s got a clear head, he had a good night’s sleep,” Renney said in a video posted on the team’s website. “All that being said, I would call it doubtful for [Thursday], which I don’t think would surprise anyone. If you talked to Taylor he would say he’s hopeful, but we’ll see.”

While question marks surround his return, one thing’s for certain — Hall will be wearing a helmet in warmups from now on (he was helmetless when he got sliced) and that’s on orders from his mom, Kim Strba.

“I asked him if he was still good looking and he said, ‘Mom, I look like Frankenstein.’ Maybe it will send a message to everyone about how important it is to wear a helmet,” she told the Edmonton Journal. “Maybe it will be a wake-up call. Unfortunately, Taylor is going to be the one remembered for bringing about the change.”

(Photo courtesy

  1. abrienza428 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Oh Taylor, Frankenstein was the name of the doctor who created the monster, not the monster himself. Silly guy.

    • back2backbees - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Right, the monster was Abby Normal…and it was Doctor Fronkensteen…silly abrienza428

  2. hanktheking - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    “Still” good looking implies he was good looking in the first place. I don’t know many 19 year olds with a hair line that had receded that much.

    • arsement - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      It looks like they shaved a bit of his hair to stitch him up.

    • arsement - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      It looks like they shaved a bit of his hair to stich him up.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Wait… does it look like they shaved a bit of his hair to stitch him up?

  3. cshearing - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Pretty gruesome. Just glad the cut did not extend to the eye area.

  4. barkar942 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Taylor, let’s put it all in perspective. Thank god it didn’t get you in the eye. You can have some cosmetic surgery in the off season to look pretty again later.

  5. jpelle82 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    wear your helmets kids!

    • elvispocomo - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      I can only imagine what Don Cherry will say in Coaches Corner!

  6. yettyskills - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    He’s going to keep that bad boy for a long time.

    Chick Magnet

  7. Myndmelt - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Still I do not understand why Helmets were not being word during warmups..? What if when he fell his head hit the ice, or the skate had taken out his eye! This is just stupid.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      I agree, I heard an interview with Glenn Healy yesterday where he talked about how dangerous the pregame warm up actually is. You’ve got 20 pucks all being fired at the net and everyone is trying to roof it (nobody aims low in warm up) it’s a lot to keep track of. Pierre Turgeon missed the last part of a season once after a puck deflected off the crossbar and hit him in the head.

  8. vipod4ever - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    simple rule, stakes + ice = helmut all times

  9. 8man - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Helmet? I’d be wearing a damn bucket with plexiglass eye holes! So many other bad things could have happened. Don’t get me wrong, he looks pretty banged up, but he could have lost a nose or an eye.

    The hockey Gods were beneficent. Safety first, kids!

  10. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:04 AM

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