Ice Hockey Star Horrifically Injured in Accident
Posted on 8:51pm Thursday 19th Jan 2012
Edmonton Oilers star forward, Taylor Hall, was sliced by an ice skate prior to their NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Hall was not wearing a helmet during the warmup, something which is somewhat of a tradition in National Hockey League games, when he stepped on a puck by accident and then colliding with defenseman Ladislav Smid, and then sliding to a halt in front of teammate Corey Potter, who clipped Hall with his skate as he tried to hurdle the both of them.
The 20-year-old required 30 stitches to close the wound which stretched from his eyebrow to his scalp, and is sporting a black eye. Despite this horrific incident, players are still saying they will continue to not wear helmets during the warmup due to the fact ever since they’ve been a little kid they’ve wanted to skate around without a helmet on in the warmup.
This is absolutely ridiculous as surely safety comes first in a combat sport as dangerous as ice hockey. There has been calls to omit fighting from the game, saying it causes too many injuries and isn’t necessary. I would argue that it is more important to enforce people to wear helmets in warm-up before even considering banning fighting. You might think the same after seeing this picture of Hall: