Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hockey Skates and Carotids Should Never Meet

Ouchie. At a game in Buffalo, Richard Zednik of the Florida Panthers took a skate to the neck. In the third period, Zednik's teammate Olli Jokinen accidentally hit him with his skate when he was upended. The Sabres' trainer led him off the ice and he was rushed to Buffalo General Hospital. Apparently he's going to be fine. The team has resumed practice, and Zednick could be playing again next season.

It's reminiscent of 1989 when Clint Malarchuk took a skate to the neck during a game against the St. Louis Blues. Again, this occurred in Buffalo. So apparently Western New York is just bad for the neck. Yeah, I know, it's a stretch.

Don't worry, this post isn't getting a picture.

Only one hockey player has ever died on the ice. Bill Masterson slammed his head onto the ice. This was basically the reason the NHL began requiring helmets.

Since we're on the subject of hockey, I would like to point out that I love the fact that Ryan Miller is in that Amp commercial. He out-smack-talks another goalie (possibly someone from the Kings?) by switching languages. If it wasn't a Sabres player, that commercial would be really stupid.

I'm OK with him being a commercial whore. He's pretty much the only good player the Sabres have this year. Which is why that Sabres-Rangers game I went to was so sad. It wasn't the loss (hello, I'm from Buffalo, I can handle sports teams losing), it was the complete hopelessness of the entire game.

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