As if almost losing to the Philadelphia Flyers wasn’t bad enough, the Anaheim Ducks lost Teemu Selanne after he was smashed in the face with a stick by defenseman Luke Schenn. The Finnish Flash was forced to leave the game, and he’s apparently lost an “unknown” number of teeth.
Schenn must have been confused for a second, thinking he was playing in the World Series, swinging his stick like that.
In all seriousness: an incredibly irresponsible play by the young defender here. The carbon-fiber sticks that are used in the NHL barely weigh anything, so when a big, strong guy like Schenn starts flailing around like that, someone is bound to get hurt. Unfortunately, it was Selanne on this play.
The Ducks have released no update on Selanne’s condition, except for Tweeting out that he would be out for the remainder of the contest against Philadelphia.
#NHLDucks Teemu Selanne will not return to tonight’s game.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) October 30, 2013
It will be interesting to see if there is any sort of supplemental discipline on the play. It’s very rare to see accidents penalized further, but we’ve seen stranger things out of the league’s disciplinary committee lately. They might want to remind players to maintain control of their sticks at all times, otherwise face at least a fine of some sort.