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Devin Setoguchi’s season was nearly ruined after being hit by a car

Mar 21, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

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It hasn’t been a highlight season for Minnesota’s Devin Setoguchi, as he’s made news for all the wrong reasons: Scolded forpartying with friends, his epic shootout failure and having pucks banked off him into his own net.

But considering what happened to him this past summer, Setoguchi might deserve a pass.

Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports that Setoguchi’s struggles are partly due to getting hit by a car three weeks after he was traded to the Wild.

Oh yeah, the car hit him while he was in his chiropractor’s office.

Standing in front of that door, Setoguchi heard the flowerpot get obliterated. He turned and caught a glimpse of a car heading his way.

He couldn’t go left because of the office’s counter, so he turned right just as the car smashed through the window and sprayed glass and dirt from the flowerpot everywhere.

“I ran and jumped, and as I jumped, the front of the car hit me in the back and I got shot 10 feet down the hallway,” Setoguchi said.

Setoguchi slowly picked himself up off the hardwood floor. In pain and bleeding, Setoguchi drove himself to the emergency room. He still has scars from cuts all over his back. He needed stitches to close cuts to his hand.

The injuries sustained forced Setoguchi to stop his offseason training for about three weeks and, as he puts it, “pretty much my entire July was ruined. I could do nothing.”

You know what, Devin? Just take it easy the rest of the year and come back and get ‘em next season. You’ve done enough already.

Update: Russo shows off a photo of how the scene looked in another post today. Setoguchi couldn’t be more fortunate.

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  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    How are we just finding out about this?

    I feel like I am back in the stone age LOL

    • sknut - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      I would guess neither Seto or the Wild wanted this out to sound like an excuse. Thats a close call and glad he is ok. He is still an important part of this teams future and better days are ahead.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        I honestly am happy this was kept from anyone. You just don’t see a team / player / complete organization, keep secrets like this anymore, and anything related to someones health that they want private, should remain private. Good to see the Wild brass stay hush-hush.

        Still seems odd tho, could you imagine if this happened in Toronto ??? Would be impossible!

  2. rabidbillsfan - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Good thing he wasn’t traded to Buffalo. Old people running into buildings is a common occurance now a’days. Either way, coming from somebody who has been hit by a car, I’m glad he is ok. What some people don’t realize is the effects of that just don’t run skin deep. I still think back and wonder what would have happened if I had went under the car, or if it was going faster. Good luck Mr. Setoguchi, and may your fortunes turn for the better next season.

  3. t16rich - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Dustin Penner has to be sitting back wondering how the Wild were able to cover up a car going through a buliding and hitting Setoguchi, but the kings couldn’t cover up how he got injured by pancakes.

    • govtminion - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      I shouldn’t be laughing so hard at that, but for some reason this made me start laughing loudly at my desk. It’s a very good point, too- this was kept quiet for months, after all.

  4. danphipps01 - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Wow. All of a sudden I feel like I’ve been judging the poor guy way too harshly. Add to this the team’s general collapse around him and it’s hard not to understand why his season’s gone the way it has. Tough break. Good thing he ended up being okay. Could’ve easily been much worse.

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