Skip to content

Video: Fraser struck in face by Lucic shot

May 8, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser was the victim of a scary play when Boston’s Milan Lucic‘s shot nailed him in the head.

Fraser immediately fell to the ice and left a pool of blood behind when he finally skated off.

You can watch the incident below:

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

Fortunately, the initial reports were encouraging. Fraser was able to walk out of the Maple Leafs’ room, albeit with bandages on his head. He left the Air Canada Centre, presumably for a clinic or hospital, according to the Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby.

The Maple Leafs were naturally short a defenseman for the remainder of the third period and overtime. David Krejci scored the game-winner for Boston to complete his hat trick.

  1. sabatimus - May 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I’m betting he got concussed. He took about as much of that shot’s energy as possible: after hitting his head the puck weakly dropped almost in front of him.

  2. tbcrow - May 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    It’s time for required visors, end of story.

    There have been way too many near misses, and dead center, career ending hits to the head with pucks this season. I saw this post title and caught myself saying “Holy crap what is it about this season, again?!”

    It’s just time for a change, an inch any other direction, and stitches in the forehead might have been the loss of an eye.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Or we let adults make their own decisions

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 9, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        Indeed. Vast majority seem to donning them. Those not quite smart enough are paying the price for their choice.

      • nosefacekillah - May 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Let them choose if they wear a helmet as well. And a visor would take so much out the game.

        If the NHL and the NHLPA was serious about safety this would have been mandatory a long time ago. The use of a visor does NOTHING to diminish the game.

        (Then again, if the NHL was serious about safety the Canadiens would have had a few suspension the other night.)

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 9, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      I’ve wrestled with the debate about visors myself, I see both sides, but I can’t agree with the league forcing it. What I DO think would be awesome is if the NHLPA agreed to letting the owners of each team make the call…meaning whether or not it’s mandatory is specific to team. If you, as an owner, want to (for example) pay a man $6MM plus a year that can’t play now because he was ‘being tough’, then that is up to you as an owner.

      If I was an owner, I don’t think I’d be too happy with players taking risks with my team, or my money.

      Anyway – not to be lost in all this – I hope Fraser’s will be alright – that looked nasty last night. They got lots of good shots of the guy scraping his blood from the ice (wtf was the camera man thinking?).

    • rich859 - May 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      An idea so good that it has to be mandatory.

  3. hockeyflow33 - May 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Did anyone else think that hit him in the helmet and not the forehead?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      I can only speak for myself. No. For one thing, helmets rarely bleed that much.

    • kingjoffrey19 - May 9, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      did u see the pile of blood when he got up? did not know helmets can bleed…

    • hockeyflow33 - May 9, 2013 at 2:45 AM

      You are both correct that helmets do not bleed.

      It looked like it hit the helmet first then deflected off the forehead. Only asking because I can’t imagine not sustaining a skull fracture if you take a slap shot direct to the forehead.

  4. dropthepuckeh - May 9, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Hope he is okay and can lace them up again soon. He is a stand up player and as a Bruins fan it is hard to dislike many of the Leafs. Maybe it is because the Bruins are winning but more because they don’t seem to employ the same crap as Montreal and Vancouver. They play the game fast and hard and its fun to watch.

    Lucic looked concerned after the play. Best wishes for speedy recovery.

    • habssuck - May 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Very well put!

    • nosefacekillah - May 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      I am a life long Bruins fan that always liked and cheered for the Leafs. I almost (almost!) wish the Leafs had won last night to give their fans in Maple Leaf Square a reason to cheer.

      Great city with great fans. Montreal, ehh.

    • homelanddefense - May 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Lucic did look concerned. And I agree, not much hate in this series.

  5. grilledjesus - May 9, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Scary play, too bad rule 46.6 has prevented this guy from wearing a visor. Hope he heals up soon, good tough player.

  6. yotesfan61 - May 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    The only thing that is hard for me to understand, is for something that is so “rare” to sure has happened alot this season.

    Are guys just more willing to get in front of shots this year versus years past? Are they getting in front of shots in a different manner? Or is this just a freak season? Because this is turning into more then just a “rare” occurence.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. B. Holtby (2612)
  2. G. Bettman (2200)
  3. A. Larsson (2069)
  4. D. Stepan (1776)
  5. C. Ehrhoff (1603)
  1. P. Datsyuk (1538)
  2. R. Johansen (1510)
  3. A. Semin (1497)
  4. C. Smith (1494)
  5. A. Anisimov (1466)