There was a scary scene when Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos was injured in a game on Monday after noon. Thats right, there is day hockey during the week.
He was skating towards the net when he lost his edge and fell and slid into the goal post. The posts are anchored to the ice. It is a solid metal cylinder that has a cone at the end to dig into the ice. The goal posts then rest on those cylinders to stay in place on the ice. So it’s almost like sliding into a wall.
His left foot hits the pole first center on the bottom of his blade but his momentum keeps carrying him in. His left skate then goes into the net as the rest of his body comes and his right shin lands square on the post. There are pretty heavy pads there with plastic, but it still looks painful. His right foot also bends all the way back to his buttocks suggesting there could be some kind of thigh injury too. While his foot it is back there it bounces around a bit and could’ve been caught in a weird spot and injured.
What the injury is specifically, we don’t know. The smart guess is a broken leg, but there are a lot of possibilities. The Lightning star was eventually taken off on a stretcher after he tried to walk off on his own but couldn’t stand. He was in obvious pain.