Skip to content

Update: Carolina’s Pitkanen broke heel in eight places on icing crash

Apr 11, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

When ‘Canes defenseman Joni Pitkanen was hurt in an icing crash with Troy Brouwer on Apr. 2, the severity of the collision suggested the injury would be serious.

Now, we’re finding out just how serious it is.

After learning Pitkanen would be lost for the year with a broken left calcaneus bone (heel), the Washington Times reports the 29-year-old basically shattered the bone into pieces.

According to the Times’ Stephen Whyno, Pitkanen broke his calcaneus in eight places, a similar injury to the one ex-Washington forward Pat Peake suffered in 1996 — one that all but ended his career.

Here’s more, from the Times:

Peake played just five more games after his heel bone broke in 14 places and twisted. Pitkanen’s broke in eight places but didn’t move, Peake said. That’s considered a positive.

“Your heel bone, the best way to describe it is like an egg. So if you give it a good flick or a thump, it just kind of splinters and cracks like that,” Peake said. “And it just goes right around the whole way. That’s exactly what happened to his. It’s such an odd injury.”

Peake said it’s an injury common to construction workers who fall from two or three stories and people in car accidents who slam on the brakes. In hockey, Peake was the prime example before Pitkanen.

Peake feels his injury wasn’t handled properly and, as a result, is still feeling the effects today.

He told the Times “to this day I can’t walk the length of the mall,” but feels Pitkanen has a better chance of recovery because, unlike Peake, he’s avoiding surgery.

“Am I optimistic that Pitkanen can get back to playing? Yeah, I kind of am, as far as playing, because he’s not going to go the surgery route,” Peake said. “You just hope that obviously the medical aspect of it has come a long way.

“I know there’s some good doctors and some good people.”

It should be noted that, originally, the Hurricanes announced Pitkanen’s injury would keep him out 10-12 weeks.

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Bad blood continues to brew between Sharks and Kings

    Apr 21, 2014, 1:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Two Getty Images

    This one could’ve gotten uglier than it did.

  2. Avalanche’s Duchene (knee) expected to skate Monday

    Apr 21, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

    Matt Duchene Getty Images

    Patrick Roy: “We’re going to be very smart about when he’s going to come back.”

  3. Video: Mike Brown hit sends Kings’ Toffoli into Quick

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

    Jonathan Quick AP

    Just another game between these two California rivals.

  4. Shocking: Lightning coach isn’t happy about disallowed goal

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:34 PM EDT

    Jon Cooper, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Malone AP

    Jon Cooper straddles the line between snarky and careful.

  5. WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks (Game 2)

    Apr 20, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One Getty Images

    Kings hope to avoid two straight years of 0-2 first-round deficits.

  6. Bad luck strikes twice: Lightning goal waved off, Stamkos takes knee to head

    Apr 20, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    Tampa Bay’s captain managed to return later in the game.

  7. Trotz says goodbye to Nashville with full-page ad in newspaper

    Apr 20, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Barry Trotz Getty Images

    Classy gesture after 16 seasons with the Predators.

  8. Video: Habs take 1-0 lead in just 11 seconds

    Apr 20, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    Not exactly an ideal start for Anders Lindback.

  9. Emery states case to remain in Flyers’ net (if Mason can play in Game 3)

    Apr 20, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers - Game Two Getty Images

    He stopped 31 out of 33 in Sunday’s win vs. the Rangers.

  10. Bruins handle Red Wings 4-1, tie series 1-1

    Apr 20, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    Justin Florek, Tomas Tatar AP

    Milan Lucic scored a goal a game after that spearing incident.

  11. Sibling rivalry: Reilly Smith scores, Brendan challenges Chara

    Apr 20, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

    Smith Chara

    They are playing on opposite sides in the Detroit-Boston series.

  12. Lightning coach: Everyone’s written us off, so we have nothing to lose

    Apr 20, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

    Jon Cooper AP

    They’re down 2-0 to Montreal going into Game 3 tonight.

  13. NHL suspends Seabrook three games for charging into Backes

    Apr 20, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Seabrook hit

    Chicago will have to find a way to get back into this series without one of its top defenseman.

Featured video

Detroit must exploit Boston's young D
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. T. Oshie (3880)
  2. M. Duchene (3296)
  3. B. Bishop (2679)
  4. D. Backes (2571)
  5. E. Malkin (2417)
  1. O. Palat (2390)
  2. R. Getzlaf (2353)
  3. S. Mason (2254)
  4. H. Zetterberg (2135)
  5. F. Andersen (1956)