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Video: Canadiens’ Gallagher returns after taking puck to throat

Apr 16, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT

Hockey players tend to fight through grueling injuries all season long, but with the playoffs in motion, it’s time for them to really shake off some scary stuff.

Ignoring players shaking off injuries heading into Game 1, Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher might be the first truly impressive tough guy, as he didn’t miss much time after taking a puck to the throat:


  1. charlieconway96 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    That definitely doesn’t feel good.

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      No, sir, it does not. I deflected a snap shot one time and it hit my Adam’s apple. Dropped like I’d been shot. My voice wasn’t right for a week after that.

      • micasa81 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM

        I played minor hockey in the era when neck protectors went from being a weird new piece of equipment, to a crappy little ring that provided minimal protection, to a mandatory item that was a tough nylon “bib” extending from the upper chest right up to where the helmet began. This was after Clint Malarchuk’s jugular was opened up in grand fashion in 1989.

        I think neck protectors are mostly designed to prevent skate cuts, but they must prevent some injuries from errant slap shots as well (or make them somewhat less painful). Stuff like this video highlights the fact that, compared to minor hockey, the NHL is far from a “safety first” league. Face, neck and ankles stand out as places where player comfort and range of motion trump safety. Good on Gallagher, he’s tough, it’s the playoffs, etc. but really, how about NHL players start protecting themselves properly?

      • charlieconway96 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        I’ve done it as well, definitely an odd type of pain. Kinda like getting the wind knocked out of you except you feel it in your throat instead of your chest.

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