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Worst Injuries In NHL History

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2. Max Pacioretty

It’s never nice when you collide with something at high speed, especially if you’re skating on thick ice at the given moment, wearing a giant stick and a whole lot of armor on you. So you can imagine the pain when Max rammed face-first into the stanchion next to the Bruins bench.

It happened during a March 2011 game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, when Zdeno Chara threw a check on Max Pacioretty, forcing him to slam into the stanchion. He was instantly knocked unconscious and suffered a severe concussion, along with having his vertebrae fractured, which is about as dangerous as it sounds. He didn’t get to play for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.

For some reason, the Montreal police decided they needed to interfere, and an investigation was undertaken. Chara was blamed for the incident, but in the end, of course, there were no charges. What’s even more absurd, is that Mark Recchi said it was OK for Pacioretty to go to the movies just days after the injury, citing that as proof that he wasn’t “seriously injured.”

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