Most Brutal Hockey Injuries (Part II)

Max Pacioretty Hits the Boards

Over 6’5, Zdeno Chara is a real big guy. He is considered one of the tallest NHL players in history. This translates to when he hits you, you feel it. A controversial play that took place in 2011, Max Pacioretty was on the receiving end of a hit by Chara.

Chara & Pacioretty

As the two went for the puck, Chara hit Pacioretty sending him into the edge of the boards between the benches, clotheslining him. Pacioretty was out cold before he hit the ice. He wasn’t moving even as emergency medics came on the ice to his aid. The looks on the faces of the fans say it all.

When it was all over, Pacioretty had a neck fracture and a concussion. He did play hockey again.

Chara wasn’t suspended for what many felt was an intentionally hazardous hit. The boards were permanently changed to guarantee nothing like this occurred again.

Richard Zednik Catches a Skate to the Neck

During this routine play, Richard Zednik of the Florida Panthers goes into the boards, falls, and then races to the bench bleeding abundantly. What happened? As one of his teammates fell, his skate blade sliced Zednik’s carotid artery. Zednik survived the injury and was back playing hockey in a few weeks.

Bill Masterton Dies

You may know the NHL has a Bill Masterton trophy, but you might not know about the man behind the award. Bill Masterton played as a Minnesota North Star in the 60’s and things were going well until January 15, 1968, when he took a bad hit and fell hard. He hit the back of his head on the ice and since players didn’t wear helmets then, he lost consciousness right away. A day after the hit, Bill Masterton died from his injuries.

He is the only NHL player to have died from an on-ice hockey injury.

Most Brutal Hockey Injuries (Part I)

Hockey is a vicious sport, as any hockey player can attest. But sometimes hockey gets a little more vicious than it should and we’re not just talking about dropping gloves. Hockey injuries can be so severe that they make you sick to your stomach, totally forgetting it’s just a game. So, what are some of the most brutal hockey injuries ever? Following is a collection of them.

While there haven’t been many hockey deaths, that doesn’t mean these injuries from being extremely gruesome. Big men skating over 25 mph, skate blades, and sticks.. where’s the harm?

Ice Hockey – Heavy tackle

Be warned, hockey isn’t typically for the weak at heart. If you can’t stomach some high-impact grizzly stuff, these articles might not be for you. Might you try tennis?

 Clint Malarchuk Gets His Throat Slit

There are so many aspects of this incident that is difficult to hear about. In a collision with the goalie, Clint Malarchuk, nothing seems off. However, all of a sudden, there’s pools of blood on the ice.

Apparently, as Malarchuk crashes into the net with another player, one of the player’s skates comes up in a strange way and slices open Malarchuk’s carotid artery. As he was taken off the ice, a few people in the stands faint, two go into cardiac arrest, and many of the hockey players vomited.

Amazingly, Malarchuk survived the injury thanks to some extremely skilled surgeons and a quick-acting trainer who squeezed Malarchuk’s neck, cutting off the flow of blood until medical professionals arrived. It took more than 250 sutures to close the vein and the wound.

No surprise at all, all goalies today have to wear neck protection when they are on the ice. This is considered as one of the worst sports injuries of all time. If you want to see this injury up close and personal, there is an online video of it.