PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Wellwood of the Philadelphia Flyers in his first NHL game looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 1, 2010 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Flyers defeat the Hurricanes 3-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Hockey skates can be some of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in sports, and unfortunately we are reminded of that several times throughout the course of a season. The latest victim of a hockey skate injury was Eric Wellwood of the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms, who actually somehow cut his own leg with his skate.
The end result, as you can see, was frightening. According to the Glens Falls Post Star, Wellwood fell into the boards in front of the penalty box on his own and somehow clipped himself with his own skate during a second period penalty kill against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He immediately skated over to the bench, and one player said his skate was filled with blood. The photo above that teammate Danny Syvret shared on Sunday seems to confirm that.
“I don’t think anyone really saw it,” head coach Terry Murray said. “It was away from the play. In conversation, everyone figures it was an accident that happened to himself. The play was already in the offensive zone and this happened in the neutral zone, so we’re not sure exactly what took place.”
Wellwood reportedly underwent surgery to repair the vascular damage caused by the injury and is scheduled to go under the knife again to repair the tendons. He is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
It doesn’t matter how many scars we see like this and this that are a result of skate-related injuries — they never get easier to look at.
H/T Puck Daddy