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Hockey is a very brutal sport at times, so it’s not that surprising to hear that there have been some serious injuries throughout its history. From shots to the throat, over breaking legs, all the way to near eye losses, there are some serious casualties on this list, and it’s no that odd – it’s a game played with large, wooden sticks in high speed over ice.
It’s almost ironic that even the ‘ball’ of the game, the puck, can smash your jaw if certain conditions are met. So, to sum it all up, here’s a list of the 21 worst injuries NHL has ever seen:
1. Borje Salming
We start off with Borje “The King” Salming, who had the unfortunate fate of having his face stepped on by a grown man in skates. You might remember how much accidentally cutting yourself with a razor while shaving hurts, imagine a razor ten times bigger, with somebody pressing it with all their force, not something you want to feel, ever.
Salming’s face was literally broken open – certainly not a nice sight to see, and Maple Leafs’ Steve Thomas said:
He looked like a softball after the game.
It happened during a game against the Detroid Red Wings in 1986. Gerard Gallant accidentally stepped on Salming’ face while he was lying in front of the goal. Naturally, after somebody steps on your face you need an abundance of stitches, which is exactly what happened to Salming.
The doctors had to buckle up and perform a very challenging facial surgery and an estimate of 250 stitches was required to close the gash made by the accident. And if you think 250 is insane, remember that it is just a speculation, it might be even more.