Börje Salming Has His Face Stepped On
Hockey skates are sharp, but no one knows better than Börje Salming. In a 1986 game, Salming, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, fell on the ice during a scuffle, and a player accidentally stepped on him. This doesn’t sound too bad until you realize the player stepped down with his full weight, on his skate-clad foot, directly into the middle of Salming’s face. The injury was deep and required over 200 stitches in order to be fixed.
A teammate remarked that he looked like the side of a softball after a game. However, Salming recovered from the injury, went on to have an award-filled career, and even earned a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Sami Salo Shatters a Testicle
Sometimes you gotta take one for the team. With seconds ticking down in the
first period of a 2010 playoff game, Canucks player Sami Salo stepped in front of a shot, trying to block it from going into his net. He succeeded, but at quite a price. The slapshot hit him traveling at an incredibly high speed and, despite his wearing a cup, Salo caught all the force in his testicles. One of them ruptured upon being hit, and Salo dropped to the ice in obvious agony.
Surgery was necessary to repair the testicle. Everyone, including the opponent who took the shot, probably felt more empathy than usual for this particular hockey injury.
Ladislav Nagy Has His Throat Cut, Still Makes a Line Change
It’s hard to say what goes through the mind of a hockey player when they get injured, but for Ladislav Nagy, we at least know his head was still in the game. When an opposing player fell awkwardly during a Continental Hockey League game in 2015, the skate came up and caught Nagy in the throat. He reacted right away… by skating to the bench to make sure he could get a line change, so his teammates wouldn’t be short-handed.
No stopping the game. No calling for a whistle. He skates to the bench then sits there for a moment, bleeding profusely, before a trainer approaches him to let him know that they need to do something about this right now. The injury was not deadly and Nagy recovered.