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Report: Kings’ Martinez hospitalized after taking puck to face during Finnish league game

Nov 13, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

Alec Martinez

Some scary news out of the SM-liiga regarding Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinezaccording to Kings blog Mayor’s Manor, Martinez was hospitalized on Tuesday after taking a slapshot to the face while playing for TPS Turku.

Video of the incident can be found here.

The footage shows Martinez — who was wearing a visor — falling to the ice after being struck.  An opposing player and an on-ice official immediately waved to the bench for assistance, though it did appear Martinez was able to get to his feet and attempt to skate off.

Martinez was reportedly admitted to hospital for further evaluation, according to various sources.

The 25-year-old rearguard had signed with TPS in early October. In July, he inked a two-year, $1.475 million extension with the Kings after appearing in all 20 playoff games en route to the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

UPDATE: From Matias Strozyk of Elite Prospects…

  1. valoisvipers - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I sure hope the kid is alright, sad day for the Kings.

  2. blomfeld - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM


    It’s indeed a sad day for us Kings, as Martinez was one of our most promising young defenseman. That didn’t look good in the video and therefore he’s now in our thoughts. Hockey becomes secondary in situations like this, as the health and well-being of the individual supersedes everything. May God please bless Alec with a speedy and full recovery.

    As for this lockout business ? Well it now appears that my thinking was completely wrong and that there won’t be a “magical” agreement during the week of Nov 5-10 “plus or minus” 3 x days after all ? I was convinced all along that I knew what these people were really up to and what their true aims were ? As it turns out however, it now appears that I didn’t know anything at all and that my unwavering optimism was nothing more than wishful thinking. And that’s a shame, as with all kidding aside, I do fear that our beloved game is now about to be irreparably damaged and that it may never be the same again.

    At any rate, I apologize to those of you who were always upset with my Elvis videos and “pro” LA King rants. But please know that it was always offered in the spirit of fun and good humor … and hopefully most of you knew that anyway. Take care friends and whether or not we ever have hockey again, I wish happiness for everyone always … Blomfeld

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      We’re not mad at you, blom, at least I’m not. No one can fault you for having faith that this lockout might end soon. I think most of us took out our frustration on your posts because you seemed so sure the season would start soon, but after awhile it just seemed to fly in the face of reality. Don’t apologize for having an undying optimism for a game we all love and sorely miss. .

      Hope for the best, but expect the worst. Especially galling since we have no control over these “negotiations.” On behalf of all here, thanks for the nice wishes.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Come on everyone a Slow clap for Blomfeld…………..

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