10 Ridiculous Examples Of Hockey Players’ Toughness

We’ll start with the most recent example…

Andrew Shaw, Game 6 Of The 2013 Stanley Cup


Shaw took a puck to the face in the first period of Game Six, missed a couple shifts, finished the game and raised the Stanley Cup in glory.

Brendan Witt, 2008-09 Regular Season


Got hit by a car, like a car going the speed limit, before a game in 2009. Played in the game that night.

Clint Malarchuk, 1988-89 Regular Season


Malarchuk suffered the most gruesome sports injury anyone’s ever seen. He took a skate to the throat, which severed his jugular vein, leading him to damn near bleed out on the ice. One week later, Malarchuk was back in net for the Sabres. Video of the incident is here (WARNING: Tons of blood).

Doug Weight, 2006 Stanley Cup Final


After suffering shoulder injuries throughout the 2006 playoffs, Doug Weight won his first Stanley Cup as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. After the season ended, it came out that The Weight had played the final games of the series with a separated shoulder and STILL lifted the 32-pound Stanley Cup.

Paul Kariya, Game 6 Of The 2003 Stanley Cup Final


After taking a vicious hit from legendary defenseman, Scott Stevens that left him unconscious at center ice, Kariya returned to the game in the third period and ended up scoring a goal, leading to this legendary Gary Thorne call:

Duncan Keith, Game 4 Of The 2010 Western Conference Final


He had seven teeth knocked out by a shot in Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference Finals. He told reporters he was coughing up whole teeth and tooth fragments in the locker room. He missed one shift and finished a sweep of the San Jose Sharks.

Maurice Richard, 1952 Stanley Cup Final


He played in a time where smoking cigarettes was viewed as healthy, so, naturally, hockey players weren’t wearing helmets back then. Richard took a nasty fall and hit his head on the ice, knocking himself out and bleeding all over the ice while unconscious. A few minutes later, Richard reappeared on the Canadiens bench and on his next shift, scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

Jeremy Roenick, 1999 Playoffs


While playing for the Phoenix Coyotes, Roenick took a vicious elbow to the face from Dallas Stars’ d-man Derian Hatcher. Hatcher was ejected. After collecting himself, Roenick skated over to the bench, spit out some blood, and continued playing. After the game, team doctors discovered he had finished the game with a shattered jaw.

Ian Laperriere, 2009-10 Regular Season


French-Canadian guys usually get a bad rap for being soft, but not Ian Lapperriere. He took a slap shot to the face, breaking his nose and several of his teeth. After missing the second period, he returned for the third. He took another puck to the face later in the year and didn’t miss any time.

Mario Lemieux, 1992-93 Regular Season


You can argue that Wayne Gretzky was the greatest statistical player in NHL history, but it is widely viewed that Lemieux was the most skilled player to ever play the game. Lemieux battled every injury in the book, even cancer. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, a rare form blood cancer, Lemieux underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment during the second half of the 1992-93 season. He missed two months while receiving treatment. After his last day of treatment at a local hospital, Lemieux boarded a plane and flew to Philadelphia, meeting his team and playing in the game that night. Lemieux finished the season with 160 points and won the league scoring title.

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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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