go to MSN.com
Found January 26, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

The Colorado Avalanche have played only three games this season, but center John Mitchell looks like he is preparing for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. We’re not referring to his play, which has been solid so far with two goals and two assists through three games. We’re talking about his face.

As you can see from the photo above that Mike Chambers of the Denver Post shared on Twitter, Mitchell’s face is quickly starting to look like he rolled off a jagged 40-foot cliff and somehow survived the fall. According to Chambers, the 28-year-old left Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after taking a puck to the forehead on his second shift of the game. The gash required 10 stitches to close, but Mitchell was able to return to the game and score an insurance goal in the third period to put Colorado up 3-0 en route to a 4-0 victory. 

“I could see out of both eyes. I knew I was cut, obviously, but I could see,” Mitchell said after the game. “It’s always nice when you have a significant injury, you get stitched up and you come back. I just wanted to come back and try and help the team out any way I could. Scoring a goal is obviously a bonus.”

So that covers the forehead, but what about the rest? During Colorado’s season-opener on Jan. 19, Mitchell got cut on the nose while scoring the team’s first goal of the season in a loss to the Minnesota Wild. Then on Tuesday, he chipped a tooth during a win over the LA Kings.

While Mitchell’s injuries may not be as bad as the ones caused by this skate to the face or this skate to the forehead, it’s obvious the guy can’t catch a break. At this point, he’d probably like to go just one game without having to eat a puck or a stick.

6 Comments:
  • Gotta love that. Leaves the ice to get stitches, comes back and scores a goal. If this happened in any other sport, the player would be out minimum 5-6 weeks.
  • Hockey players are a different breed of atheletes. They live to play as hard and as much as they can. Only a major injury like a concussion or a knee injury keeps them off the ice. Hockey is the most competitive of all sports , hands down.
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Avs center John Mitchell ain’t gonna win any beauty contests with this face

“Look away, I’m hideous.” The Colorado Avalanche signed center John Mitchell this offseason for his grit and toughness, and after looking at that picture of Mitchell there, he must have those two qualities in spades. On Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and on only his second shift of the game, Mitchell took a shot to the forehead off the stick of Adrian Aucoin...

Avalanche show grit in 4-0 rout of Blue Jackets

DENVER -- So far, not even pucks to the face can keep the Colorado Avalanche down. They just shake them off and keep on playing. John Mitchell came back from getting 10 stitches in the first period to score a goal, Matt Duchene scored twice and set up another goal and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Thursday night. Semyon Varlamov had 33 saves for...

Avalanche 4, Blue Jackets 0

Matt Duchene scored two goals and set up another, Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Thursday night. Varlamov preserved his ninth career shutout and first of the season when he used his chest to block a shot from in close by Ryan Johansen early in the third period. Varlamov also got an assist from the Avalanche's penalty...

Blue Jackets shut out by Avalanche

DENVER (AP) -- Matt Duchene scored two goals and set up another, Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Thursday night. Varlamov preserved his ninth career shutout and first of the season when he used his chest to block a shot from in close by Ryan Johansen early in the third period. Varlamov also got an assist from the Avalanche...

Aaron Musick: Duchene, Varlamov power 4-0 win over Columbus

When the Colorado Avalanche sent a first round draft pick to Washington for Semyon Varlamov, it was with the hopes that he would become next franchise goaltender for them. Against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was that and more as he turned away all 33 shots he faced to power the Avs to a 4-0 victory that was closer than it looked. Matt Duchene was the best player on the ice...
Avalanche News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

NFL totally drops the ball regarding Ray Rice suspension

When videos surfaced of Baltimore Ravens’ running back dragging his then unconscious girlfriend out of a hotel elevator back in February, common logic suggested that he would be facing a rather hefty suspension if said situation was proven to include assault.  One month later, Rice was charged with aggravated assault stemming from the incident. According to this ESPN report, the...
Via Sportsnaut
11 hours ago

Yankees reportedly in talks to acquire Padres' Ian Kennedy

The New York Yankees have been the most active team on the trade market. Over the course of the last month, they have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis and Chris Capuano as well as third baseman Chase Headley.  This hasn’t stopped Yankees general manager Brian Cashman from looking for even more upgrades, According to a report by ESPN’s Jim Bowden, New York is...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago

Chris Paul discusses possible boycott with Doc Rivers

Chris Paul says he has talked with head coach Doc Rivers about a potential boycott if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers when the NBA season begins. Paul, who is a leader on the Clippers and president of the NBAPA, told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that it’s “unacceptable” if Sterling is still […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 hours ago

The Rock won't do MMA, doesn't like being punched in face

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is doing promotional work for his movie “Hercules,” which debuts on Friday. One such promotional interview he did was with UFC.com, where he also talked about the world of MMA. Though some famous wrestlers like Brock Lesnar have transitioned to MMA, The Rock says the combat sport is not for him. […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 hours ago

Parsons rips former teammate Harden for comments

In case you missed it, former teammates James Harden and Chandler Parsons have been caught up in a war of words over the last 24 hours. It started with Harden’s comments in the Philippine Star (note to James: there’s this thing called the Internet, and people can hear you, even halfway around the world) where he declared that he and Dwight Howard are the cornerstones of the Houston...
Via Next Impulse Sports
8 hours ago

Rory McIlroy spotted out and about with model Sasha Gale

Fresh off his commanding victory at the British Open, Rory McIlroy appears to be allowing himself some time to decompress a bit before refocusing on his suddenly dominant golf game by stepping out in Northern Ireland with yet another dashing, young model. After whooping it up with Jagerbombs out of the Claret Jug and mere […] The post Rory McIlroy spotted out and about in Belfast...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 hours ago

Josh Gordon may have checked himself into rehab

Mike Garafolo reported Thursday night on FOX Sports One’s evening show America’s Pregame that Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab after his July 4th arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina. Said on @AmericasPregame Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab following his DUI arrest. Still expected to report to camp tomorrow. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 24, 2014 Patient confidentiality...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 hours ago

Marshawn Lynch tells former teammate he’s holding out

When the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks report to training camp, they’ll be without their Pro Bowl running back. Marshawn Lynch told his former teammate Michael Robinson that he will be holding out from camp. Speaking on NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live, Robinson said Lynch called him and broke the news. .@RealMikeRob: "Marshawn […]
Via Full Scale Sports
8 hours ago

Jordy Nelson wants $10 million a year from Packers

A few weeks ago I was told that the Green Bay Packers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson were close to agreeing on a contract extension that would keep him in green and gold for a long time. Since then, Nelson’s contract demands have apparently grown a bit and the two sides aren’t as close as they once were. A report on Thursday claims that Nelson is seeking “at least” $10 million...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
10 hours ago

OSU marching band director fired for fostering sexual culture

Ohio State Marching Band director Jonathan Waters has been fired for the Buckeyes' "sexual" culture.
Via Gamedayr
12 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.