Hockey is like a lot of other sports, except for the fact that all the players pretty much have razor-sharp knives strapped to their feet. It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while a player suffers a major injury as a result of this fact. Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm is the latest victim.
Helm returned to the Red Wings’ lineup last night after missing several games with a knee injury. His return was short-lived, as he collided with Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov and fell in such a way that his wrist was raked across Radulov’s exposed skate blade. Helm looked down at his arm and immediately knew something was seriously wrong. He quickly skated to his team’s bench while calling for help.
The video of the injury isn’t too gruesome, but you still might want to avoid it if you’re squeamish:
Helm was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery to repair some severed tendons and close the wound. Not surprisingly, he has been ruled out for the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Team doctors expect him to make a full recover in time for the start of the 2012-2013 season.
Long-time hockey fans will no doubt recall the most famous skate-cutting-player incident, in which Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk had his neck sliced open by Steve Tuttle’s skate. Blood immediately started pouring out of Malarchuk’s neck. It was horrific. One of the Sabres’ trainers had the presence of mind to reach into the cut and pinch Malarchuk’s artery closed. If he hadn’t, it’s likely Malarchuk would have died. If you feel brave enough to watch the video of the incident, you can see it here.