Hockey is a tough guy sport, everyone knows that. Hell, even the referees suffer concussions in the NHL.
Just because the players are huge hulking men with fantastic Viking-esk facial hair doesn't mean that you don't get scary moments during games.
One of these scary moments happened last night, when Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis blocked a shot with his jaw against the New York Islanders. Scroll down to watch a video of the incident.
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Hamhuis was the master of his own downfall. He who turned the puck over behind his own net, which eventually broke to Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle who unleashed a hard slap shot that hit Hamhuis in the face and left him writhing in pain on the ice until play was stopped.
Hamhuis struggled to get off the ice after being hit in the face and there seemed to be very real concern for his condition. The veteran blueliner was bleeding profusely from his face and mouth on his way to the bench and it was later revealed that he had to leave the arena on a stretcher before being rushed to hospital in an ambulance.
You can see footage of the play here...
"Hamhuis lost some teeth and probably broke his jaw," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins revealed after the game, via NHL.com. "His wife was with him when he left; he'll spend the night in the hospital."
Vancouver did manage to come out with a 2-1 victory, but the health of the veteran defenseman will undoubtedly be more important to the Canucks than the points.