Russian Hockey Player Slashed In Throat By Skate, Signals For Sub Before Collapsing
Rick Chandler 03:46 pm, November 30th, 2015
I don't skate, because I live in a sensible area of the Earth where we use frozen water for ice cubes, not outdoor recreation. So it has just recently come to my attention that ice skates are sharp. Combined with hockey sticks and that padding, an NHL team could successfully defend a small coastal village from pirates.
The video below isn't from the NHL, but the Continental Hockey League in Russia, where HC Ugra and HC Slovan Bratislava are in the third period. That's when Ugra's Vitali Sitnikov was accidentally slashed in the throat when Slovan Bratislava's Ladislav Nagy catches him wit his skate when he slips as he's taking a shot.
Most amazing thing: Sitnikov, while holding his wound, motioning for a sub before he leaves the ice. Then he collapses.
The best part: the skate missed the artery (first time I've ever typed those words), and quick medical attention prevented a real tragedy. Sitnikov received a few stitches, and should be fine.
Other throat slashes in hockey (Warning: graphic images):
2008: Slovak Richard Zednik, Florida Panthers. Zednik's carotid artery was cut by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen, and he skated to the bench and was rushed to the hospital, and survived. They needed two Zambonis to clean up the blood. Zednik was out for seven months.
1989: Clint Malarchuk, Buffalo Sabres. The goalie was injured when slashed by the skate of St. Louis Blues right winger Steve Tuttle slashed a six-inch gash across his neck, which caught the jugular vein. He was rushed to the hospital, where it took 300 stitches to close the wound. True Malarcuk quote to paramedic: "Can you have me back for the third period?" He actually missed five games.
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