Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk Takes Skate Blade to the Face In Game Against Canadiens

89011449_220172632514450_6139643444550696960_nHockey, like any sport, brings with it the potential for injury, with a combination of hard, cold ice, sticks, a puck, and sharp skate blades being potential causes of injury to players or officials. On Tuesday night, in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk suffered the latter in a scary moment in the third period.

With the Islanders down 4-1 with over 11 minutes left on the clock, Boychuk took the skate of Montreal forward Artturi Lehkonen to his face, with the skate blade appearing to hit near his eye.

Boychuk fell immediately to the ice, clutching at his face. He eventually picked himself up and rushed hurriedly to the Islanders dressing room with the team’s medical and training staff.
After the game, Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz told reporters that there was no update on Boychuk, and that the defenseman, was being evaluated.

NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty later reported that the blade cut Boychuk’s eyelid rather than the eyeball itself, a major relief for the veteran defenseman, in his sixth season with the Isles.

Boychuk’s brother David confirmed this with an update on Twitter:

Following the incident and after the game, multiple people shared their well-wishes and concern for Boychuk, including the Canadiens and Head Coach Claude Julien, who coached Boychuk during their time with the Boston Bruins. Lehkonon also shared his thoughts on the incident after the game.

There have been far more serious incidents involving skate blades in the past, and though rare, Boychuk’s situation highlights the dangers that come in the fast-paced game that is hockey.

UPDATE: 12:30 PM

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk Takes Skate Blade to the Face In Game Against Canadiens

  1. Esteban says:

    We will not mention Capitals goalie Clint Malarchuk here today.

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