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Old 02-12-08, 06:18 PM   #1
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Richard Zednik - Did you see it?

Chances are if you know the name, or watch hockey, you know what happened the other night.

I'm usually not really grossed out by blood, but that one disturbed me. It sounds like he is going to be ok, but my goodness that was probably close. I only saw the whole thing once, and the commentators said outright that they would more than likely never show it again, and im happy about it. I saw a picture of the trail of blood going from the boards to the bench, unbelievable how much blood he lost in those few seconds.

If anyone feels like posting pictures or videos, its probably best to just post the link, and warn people that the images are pretty bad.
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Old 02-12-08, 06:22 PM   #2
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I saw the replay on the news. Pretty gross. That guy came way too close to dying.
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Old 02-12-08, 06:23 PM   #3
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that was a bad one. And weird too how it happened. I mean, he was just skating, his teamate gets upended and the blade of his skate just catches his neck right. Glad he's ok though....
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seen it, but I am shocked it doesn't happen more often, they are basically skating on knives...
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very scary. Something about hockey in Buffalo brings that injury on. Clint Malarchuk (sp?) had the same thing about 18 yrs ago in a game in Buffalo.
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Just heard that he's been moved out of the ICU, is stable, and is expected to recover.
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seen it, but I am shocked it doesn't happen more often, they are basically skating on knives...
I saw it on Sportscenter. The same thing happened at a high school game I was at back in the eighties. It's the scariest injury I've ever witnessed at a sporting event.
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Clint Malarchuk (sp?) had the same thing about 18 yrs ago in a game in Buffalo.
Watching Zednik get sliced was nothing compared to Malarchuck. The first time I saw the footage I thought I was watching a man die.
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Glad the guy looks to be okay. I didn't see anything other than a couple of stills of the ice and a description of the injury, and it is very fortunate that we are not talking about a fatality.

I'm surprised there aren't more deaths in pro hockey. I believe that there has only been one fatality in the NHL - late 1960's, a guy whose name I don't remember on the North Stars wound up for a routine slap shot, lost his balance, slipped and went down backwards, and smacked the back of his head on the ice. Dead from blunt-force head trauma.

Between the speed those guys move, how hard the ice is, the unexpected body slams from all angles, the sticks, the puck going stupid fast, and (as someone pointed out) the samurai sword-sharp skate blades, the recipe for disaster is pretty much always there. Granted, these guys are superior athletes and that counts for a lot - witness Lance armstrong surviving a bout of cancer that no normal human would have had the endurance to fight off, givie the incredibly nasty chemo course he went through. But it still is pretty fortunate for the NHL that there have not been more deaths in the rink.

And no, this is not a call for the end of hockey.
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yucch...i'm not squeamish about blood but that's horrible...i've already seen it like ten times on the news and i'm sure it'll be on youtube. Of course, we're cyclists and we've all seen our share of bloodletting...they could say the same thing about us! Look at those idiots, going so fast, they're riding so close to each other etc..

i actually remember the clint malarchuk thing...i can't believe it was so long ago. I wasn't watching the actual game, but i remember it was on the news...he threw off his helmet and the blood was spurting out. They just interviewed him tonight at intermission...he said he remembered he didn't want to pass out on the ice, so he made sure he got off the ice. People were passing out and even having heart attacks and barfing...these guys are lucky though, there's tons of people there, doctors, etc. It's just a freak accident, no one's fault...but i think the worst must be getting over the willies after something like that and being able to get back on the ice. Like having a really bad crash and racing again...
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Between the speed those guys move, how hard the ice is, the unexpected body slams from all angles, the sticks, the puck going stupid fast, and (as someone pointed out) the samurai sword-sharp skate blades, the recipe for disaster is pretty much always there.
Many people think hockey is too violent, and that they should not allow fighting.

Fighting is part of the game. If players aren't allowed to fight it out sometimes, you'd see a lot more cheap shots(like the Donald Brashear incident). Just my opinion.
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Many people think hockey is too violent, and that they should not allow fighting.

Fighting is part of the game. If players aren't allowed to fight it out sometimes, you'd see a lot more cheap shots(like the Donald Brashear incident). Just my opinion.
Agreed, these bad hits and cheap shots are only getting worse with the stricter rules.
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Many people think hockey is too violent, and that they should not allow fighting.
Just to be clear, I am not one of those who say that. It's just that the implements of accidental death or dismemberment are very close at hand at all times in a pro hockey game. As with pretty much any sport, it takes a special breed to play at the highest levels.
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Just to be clear, I am not one of those who say that. It's just that the implements of accidental death or dismemberment are very close at hand at all times in a pro hockey game. As with pretty much any sport, it takes a special breed to play at the highest levels.
I wasn't saying that you thought it's too violent. I'm just using the dangers that you pointed out, to show why fighting has to be allowed to some degree. A good fight can settle some differences before they have a chance to escalte into extremely dangerous hits.
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this wasn't a fight or violence...this and the Malarchuk thing were just freak accidents, that can happen in hockey...it happens and it's part of the game.
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I refuse to watch it. I've seen many things in my days and it takes a lot to phase me but the Malurchuk incident 10 years ago got to me even though I saw it years after the fact. Just something about he's literally dying right there in front of you. I read that the trainer stuck his fingers in dude's neck and pinched off the vein. He was a trained army medic or something?

I'm glad Zhednik is ok. He was really playing well as of late after a shaky first half of the season. I wonder if he'll ever recover mentally. Same for the whole team. Oli Jokinen looked like a ghost when he was being interiewed afterwards.

For the most part, it's pretty rare for skates to be around people's necks and faces. The most likely scenario is in front of the net when people are knocked down and eye level with a TUUK.
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