By Avry Lewis-McDougall
As many of us know by now Dustin Penner last week suffered , severe back spasms at his LA home while enjoying pancakes that his wife made for him (Penner showing his sense of humour blamed the situation on SOBS, Sudden Onset Back Spasms) . This had me in between bouts of laughter and crying for a bit but it’s not the first time a freak incident has happened to a player off of the ice…
Brian Leetch breaks ankle
Brian Leetch broke his ankle in late in the 1992-1993 while stepping out of a taxi in Manhattan after the team’s 8-1 win over San Jose. Even crazier is that Leetch did not seek medical help immediately and went to the team practice facility the next morning to have it looked at where the break was confirmed, showing that Leetch truly was one of the toughest to ever be a member of the Blueshirts.
Dan Boyle cut by skate in locker room
Before the 2007-08 season Tampa Bay Lightning D man Dan Boyle’s right wrist was cut from a falling skate in his locker stall. Boyle was cut so deep bone was exposed and Boyle’s career was thought to be in jeopardy but thankfully he’s now patrolling the blueline in San Jose. How did this even happen? The skate guards were not on the skates…
Joe Sakic breaks fingers with a snow blower
Here’s a reason why I’m not a big fan of doing work outside of the house… Joe Sakic back in 2008 broke three fingers and suffered tendon damage using a snow blower at home and was sidelined an extra three months after already being out six months with a herniated disc in his back. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m going to say that’s about a 125 on the pain scale. To make matters worse for Sakc and Company in Colorado the Avs missed the playoffs in 2008-09 for the second time in three seasons and Sakic came back late to score only 2 goals in 15 games.
Hemorrhoids sideline Kasatonov
An issue that would make you see red if someone asked you “sit down and see if that feels better”. The New Jersey Devils Alexi Kasatonov missed three games in the 1991-92 due to having an operation to remove hemorrhoids that had been bothering him for quite sometime. Luckily they didn’t keep him off the ice for too long as he was still able to play 76 games that season and score 40 points.
Hockey has had it’s fair share of strange injuries and it goes to show that players are not immune to off of ice hazards.
If you can recall other off-ice weirdness please share it with us in a comment below.