If You Played for the Winter Hawks, Be Careful In Buffalo

You may have heard the gruesome news about Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednick getting his throat cut in Buffalo Sunday night by a teammate’s skate blade. His carotid artery was slashed, and he lost 5-7 units of blood before they got him sutured back up. (Do not search for video of this; you don’t want to see it. Trust me.)

You may not know that Zednick is a former Winter Hawk. You also might not know that the only previous time an NHL player had his carotid artery cut during a game was in 1989, when Buffalo goalie Clint Malarchuk nearly died on the ice, but made it to the bench under his own power so his mother wouldn’t see him die on TV (he survived thanks to the heroic efforts of the team trainer, who had served as a medic in Viet Nam). Malarchuk was also a Winter Hawk.

Then there was the jumbotron collapse at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena in 1996, minutes after the team left the ice. And Portland’s own NHL star Paul Gaustad’s skate-cut ankle last season.

If I were Michael Funk, I’d be wearing a throat guard next time I got called up to the show. I’m thinking about getting one myself.

4 Comments so far

  1. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

    Ya I saw it on TV the only thing I can say is damn that was a mess. insert old joke here "I went to a fight and a hocky game broke out". I remember one back when our team was called "the portland buckaroos" during there warm up before the game our goalie got smacked by the puck and had to have 9 stiches on his forehead "this was back before all the heavy pads and guards". As for my self if I’d play hocky I would invest in some of that fine "weave" butchers glove chain mail and have a neck guard made.

  2. McAngryPants (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

    hockey=best sport evar

  3. Steve (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 6:36 am

    Hockey is a sport?!? All this time I thought it was a religion.

    And I thought I was so pious, going to church three or four times a week. In the name of the father, the son, and the holy puck.



  4. Brian (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    I watched this happen and was at the last throat slashing to. to be honest I was literally the closest person to the away team’s bench on the glass with them and he looked like shit, further than that though, you should beware of buffalo, we’ll fuck you up with our never ending bad luck

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