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VIDEO: Stamkos taken off ice on stretcher (UPDATE: broken right tibia)

Nov 11, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

Tampa Bay forward Steve Stamkos — the NHL’s leader in goals and points — suffered a broken right tibia during Monday’s 3-0 loss in Boston, the Lightning have announced.

UPDATE: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has confirmed Stamkos will undergo surgery to fix the break.

“At this point Steven will be out indefinitely,” Yzerman said in a statement. “The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury. The procedure is expected to take place [Tuesday] morning.”

Here’s video and a GIF of the incident:


Erik Erlendsson is the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Tribune.

This, of course, is potentially awful news for the Lightning, but also for Team Canada, for whom Stamkos was a lock to play for at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

If the above fears are true — Stamkos was taken to a local hospital for X-rays — this would be the first serious injury of his career. The 23-year-old is currently tied with the Blues’ Alexander Steen for the most goals (14) in the NHL.

Update (3:57 p.m. ET)

TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting Stamkos has a broken tibia that will require surgery. No timeline for recovery provided.

Update (4:44 p.m. ET)

The Lightning have confirmed Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia, and will be out indefinitely.

  1. 19to77 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    … well, f**k.

    • pepper2011 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      That sucks, He is fun to watch and great for the game. get well soon.

  2. steelpenbucs87 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Yikes – that looks nasty.

    From everything I’ve read/heard this guy is a really hard worker so I’m sure he’ll be back. Tough break for Stamkos and the Lightning though.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Can’t believe he tried to get up and skate on it… Yeah, he’ll be back as soon as humanly possible.

      • killerpgh - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        That was impressive. Reminded me of a few years back when Gary Roberts (who trains Stamkos in the offseason) broke his leg in a weird fall and refused the stretcher to leave the ice. Stamkos didn’t refuse the the stretcher, but did try a few times to make it to the bench. Scary Gary would be proud.

        Man that looked nasty when his legs bent in a player it isn’t supposed to when it hit that goal post.

  3. stepanup - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    That looks terrible. He’s such a bright star for the league, I’m sure all fans hope he’s back ASAP. Good luck.

  4. sjsharks66 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    This could not have happened to a nicer and genuine player in the game. Hope it is not as serious and he has a fast recovery. I enjoy watching him play, amazing talent.

  5. golfsox78 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I am a B’s fan but Stamkos is one of my favorite players. Especially after seeing him take a slap shot off his face during the playoffs against the Bruins and he returns to play as hard as he could. I hope it isn’t a serious injury. He is a player you want to see play this game.

    • amityvillefun - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Yeah man, I clearly remember that. His nose looked like a cherry pie on his face with cotton wadding hanging out his nostrils. What a tough SOB to come back and play after that. My respect for him doubled after that.

      He is a great example of a star player who isn’t soft. The guy definitely is the real deal. Major bummer if he’s seriously hurt.

    • bruinssuck - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Remember this !! Bruins fan cheer, classy act !!

      • golfsox78 - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Ok troll. Hardly think that was cheer. That was a game 7 crowd that wasn’t quiet all game. But nice try though. Kudos for making yourself look like a jack ass.

      • drewsylvania - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Thanks for making yourself look bad.

      • ironmd778 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        You loser. Stop trolling. Those same Bruins fans gave Stamkos 3 loud ovations today after the injury. One when he finally sat up, another when he was put on the stretcher, and a third as he was wheeled off. They were ovations of respect and it made me proud to be part of the crowd.

  6. amityvillefun - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Boston fan here hoping that Stamkos is OK and that the injury is nothing serious. Major bummer for TB if he loses any time.


    • atteckus - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      It takes a lot to make the Garden fans cry. But from my vantage, about half the crowd was teary eyed as they watched Stam scream and writhe, myself included. In this day and age of technology, this just shouldn’t happen anymore. Prayers out to Stam for a quick and pain-free recovery. To Tampa, I’m deeply sorry this happened at all, but particularly sorry it happened while playing against us. Tampa is a great organization and it’s rebirth means that we will see excellent competitive hockey. I hope that your team can somehow withstand this tremendous test, and come see us at full strength in April.

  7. shaundre93 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    That was hard to watch, knowing what a warrior he is and watching him try to get up. As a B’s fan, never felt so bad for an opposing player. He is the LAST player who deserves to get injured. Is there anything not to like about him? Hoping for a speedy recovery for the player that should be the face of the NHL.

  8. orangandblack - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Hope he’s back soon, he’s too important to the sport. Love wathcing him play.

  9. dewzer - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Hate to see that to anyone let alone of the games stars. Hope for quick and full recovery.

  10. jb8588 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    SJsharks, could not agree more with you. I’ve met stammer many times through the years & there isn’t a more humble superstar in all of sports IMO. As a Bolts fan…this is definitely not good for us.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM


      Not saying its not true, just saying… #humblebrag

      • ibieiniid - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        are you chanceoffleury?

      • ibieiniid - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        that was unrelated btw.

      • chanceoffleury - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        no, he/she is not. And for the record I do not have any additional usernames I post from besides this one since this is apparently something people may think…………

        People who post from more than one username have wayyyyyy too much time on their hands. And I find it sort of funny you’d ask this as a reply to jb’s post because I love hearing about other people’s off ice interactions with players. I’d never try to dismiss a comment like jb’s, I encourage them!

      • ibieiniid - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        I didn’t mean anything by asking that. If it makes it any better, I was just asking because you’re almost the only pens fans I consistently thumbs up on here.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        I am not chanceoffleury – just the one name for me.

        Glad to hear you appreciate my thoughts though. Generally I try to keep it clean and on hockey. Never really saw the fun in trolling.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Also I wasn’t dismissing JB’s comment either – I also like to hear what the guys are like off the ice. I didn’t mean humblebrag to be a put-down either. I just used to find the column on Grantland about Humblebrags to be funny so I sometimes point them out when I see them.

  11. bhunter47 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I am a huge Penguins fan, but I love to watch Steven Stamkos. Ever since he came up, he has been exciting and a breath of fresh air for the league. He and St. Louis’ compliment each other so well, and almost never miss any time.

    I was looking forward to a lengthy Art Ross battle between Stamkos and Crosby, and a Richard battle between Ovechkin and Stamkos this year. I hope, for the Lighting, Team Canada, and the NHL that Stamkos gets well ASAP. The game certainly isn’t the same without him. I never want to see anyone go down with an injury, much less a guy of Stamkos’ reputation, both on and off the ice.

  12. terrier92 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Total respect for Stamkos Kid is a warrior and great talent Coming back in Game 7 in 11 with broken nose was all I needed to see to know this kid is real deal A hockey player At game right above net looked real bad when it happened I really hope it is not bad injury Nhl needs guys they Stamkos

  13. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Man, I didn’t even want the game to start up again.. You could tell the players felt the same way for the first shift. Almost like everyone wanted to play tentative. I’m a Bruins guy, but Stamkos is easily the player I respect most in the league. Literally a humble star that doesn’t complain, doesn’t try to use his star power for anything other than hockey.. and he’s damn good at it. I just hope this doesn’t affect his career. I think that was more leg than ankle sadly.

    • hunterdoerksen - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      If he has a serious injury, he should hope it’s a broken leg. A broken ankle is much more serious.

      And just so I don’t come across wrong, I don’t want him to be injured.

  14. ibieiniid - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    ouchhhhh. I don’t want to ever see that .gif again.

  15. stakex - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Wow, that’s just terrible to watch. It doesn’t matter who it is, or what team they play for you never want to see something like that happen. Hopefully he makes a speedy recovery, and doesn’t miss an excessive amount of time.

    Its really a shame too because the scoring race was really starting to heat up. This looked like it was going to be the first season since 09-10 that Stamkos, Ovechkin, and Crosby were all healthy and on their game.

  16. muckleflugga - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Steven, may you be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery…

    fracture mid tibula or fibula maybe…looked like they came back so no break

    the pad appears to have distributed torsional loading and moments of force to its extremeties, releasing the energy into the ankle and knee, hence the whipping action on the foot with leg and knee coming up and over post

    of greater concern than fracture are tendon and ligament damage in complex tissue structures through ankle, ditto knee

    care was taken to support knee in triage, this after Stamkos grabbed back of knee rather than ankle. most of the probing was at his knee

    recovery from fracture significantly quicker than from ligament and tendon damage

    bad news, seems to happen to the good ones

    • ibieiniid - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      or, he broke the sh** out of his leg, and the shin pad kept it from flopping in the wind…. but fancy that up in your mind so it sounds as good as muckle’s did.

    • kicksave1980 - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      A lot of that went way over my head, but I’ll take your word for it.

    • orangandblack - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      I have to ask…What is a Tibula??? I’m pretty sure it’s a tibia. Anatomy 101. Just had to bust chops…everything else is true but too early to know if he had any ligiment damage until he gets a MRI. I doubt it since there was no excessive torsion on the ankle or knee. He just hit his tibia (or tibula) right in the middle of the post. Time will tell, get well soon kid.

      • mordock57 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:30 AM

        What’s a ligiment? Y’know, as long as we’re busting chops for terrible spelling… yeesh.

  17. benrob99 - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    That sucks. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Never been a fan of the bolts or Stamkos, but I never want to see anyone get hurt.

  18. MannySilvers - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Sucks, reminds me of when Kovalchuk went down for the Devils last year, and you could just feel everyone go “Oh crap” (if only we all knew what would happen in the summer). Hope he’s back soon. Great player.

  19. broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Damn, that looked scary. You can actually see the leg bend at the shin. Hope he makes a speedy recovery with no long term effects. Stamkos is an elite player who is exciting to watch. Get well soon.

  20. steelers88 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Really hope Stamkos is okay. His just a wonderful ambassador for the game. As classy as they come.

  21. gallyhatch - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    This not only sucks for the Lightning, but it also sucks for the entire NHL and its fans.

    The league is better when Stamkos is on the ice. . . . wishing a quick recovery for him.

  22. matt14gg - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    You will get nothing but respect from Bruins fans for this guy. Total class player. Even though he’s the enemy and scares the hell out of me when he has the puck it sucks that this happened. This is the kind of player the league needs more of. He’s ridiculously talented, but what is underrated is his toughness. I will never forget him coming back in game 7 a few years ago after being hit in the face with a slapshot. He toughed it out and finished the game, for his team, even though he was clearly in a tremendous amount of pain. Hope there’s nothing complicated and he gets back soon, maybe by the playoffs.

    I think I speak for all B’s fans when I say get well and get back on the ice as soon as possible.

  23. mcphillthy - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    What a loss to the lightning and hockey in general. Get well soon, stamkos!

  24. govtminion - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Oh dear God, I don’t want to see that gif anymore. Wow that looked bad… get well soon! 😦

  25. dewzer - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    What kind of turd down thumbs praise and get well wishes.

    • gallyhatch - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      The kind of turds who troll these pages on a regular basis. . . . you must be new here.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        yeah but explain why only SOME of them have thumbs downs. that’s what I never get. It’d make sense if it’s just Oscar the Grouch scrolling, thumb downing, scrolling, thumb downing, grunting, but there doesn’t seem to be any method to the madness, ever (except for the fact that I’m not very liked, and can usually count on several of my dislikers reminding me lol).

      • dewzer - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        Been around long enough so it was really a hypothetical question on my part. But still a little surprising given that Stamkos is pretty much universally admired. Would expect it for someone like Chara or Crosby who have their haters whenever they are mentioned.

      • dewzer - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        oops meant rhetorical question.

  26. fpstratton - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Unfortunately, this reminds me a little bit of the infamous Joe Theismann injury on Monday Night Football several decades ago. Prayers for a very speedy recovery to one of the great players in the NHL.

  27. muckleflugga - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    no surgery would be great news…surgery to put in plate and screws…?

    he’ll come back good as new one way or the other one hopes

    dino cicerrelli trashed his femur with the london knights as i recall. a 12 inch and a16 inch plate, handful of screws, 600 plus nhl goals and a place in the hall of fame

    did some time with tampa at the tail end of his career oddly enough

    • fpstratton - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      muckleflugga: Dino Cicarelli was quite a gamer, too. Horrible to play against, but a great guy to have on your team!

  28. mikemaric - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Horrible. I never could imagine the shin pad not stopping an injury like that especially with the nets coming off so easily. Freak play. I hope he can regain full recovery. I know Markus Naslund did, so here is to a similar story for Stamkos.

  29. jacketsfan7 - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Nothing would be more fun to see , then the lightning continue to win without stammer

  30. joey4id - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    The video clearly shows his skate being whipped backwards as his right leg hits the post. That and the pain made it pretty obvious it was going to be a very serious injury. I wanted to see how he fell on a simple back check covering the Bruins player. Hamilton took a whack at Stamkos’ stick with the puck nowhere close to them, and then Hamilton’s left skate was behind Stamkos’ right skate just before he fell. It looked like an intentional slew foot. Hamilton may be a marked man after TB watches the video.

    • 24oreilly - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Shocked it took this far down for the first troll post.

    • drewsylvania - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Oh FOAD already.

    • drewsylvania - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      You seriously have. no. clue. about. anything.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        I! Can, Also. Use. Random. Punctuation.

    • golfsox78 - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Seriously? That can’t be a serious comment. Stamkos was flying on the back check. He’s a hockey player with heart and hustle. There was nothing dirty from Hamilton. I bet he was even shocked Stamkos caught up to him.

    • shortsxit34 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      This story literally has video evidence of what happened, and Joey still manages to pull something out of thin air.

    • killerpgh - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      If you meant UNintentional I would agree with you. Looked like an everyday hockey play that had an very unfortunate outcome to me.

    • sabatimus - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      And yet you said on another PHT post on this topic that Hamilton didn’t attempt to injure Stamkos. I think “intentional slew foot” qualifies…if it were true, since Hamilton did not slew foot him or do anything illegal in any way.

      • joey4id - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        sebatimus, I said it looked like a slew foot, and I don’t believe Hamilton’s intent was to injure Stamkos. I don’t get why Hamilton was all over Stamkos when he was in the offensive zone to support the offense. If anything, Stamkos should have been draped all over Hamilton and not the opposite. I think others may be asking the same questions. If not, then I may be the only one.

      • sabatimus - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Trust me, you’re the only one.

      • lordstanley65 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Watch it again,Joey.

  31. 8man - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Damnit! Big win for the Bruins, but this is a huge downer. Needless to say it was a scoreless tie prior to his injury. It’s obvious that his loss affected the team.

    Hope the requisite medical treatment provides optimal results and Stamkos is back on the ice soon.

    Go Bs!

  32. muttbolts91 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I see a slash and a shove. I hate Joey but I see that Dougie should get some of the blame here. Who goes by Dougie anyway

  33. muttbolts91 - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I agrees if stammer crashed in tuukas net, it’s a hockey play. Dougie slashes at stammers stick as if he was coming in for a pass or a rebound chance, Dougie should’ve had his stick on the ice looking for the puck. Not saying intentional but a dumb play that was not called for

    • lordstanley65 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      If it feels better to think that,go ahead.

  34. calden99 - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Even as a pens fan I feel bad for him

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