From Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com:
There can be no fear of pain for a professional hockey player. It is a product of their profession.
Despite an almost unhealthy comfort with the concept, nothing could prepare the Buffalo Sabres for what they encountered during a team visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the United States Army’s major trauma hospital in Europe.
Wounded warriors from wars in Iran and Afghanistan—as well as military bases throughout Europe—come through Landstuhl before they are sent to the United States for further treatment.
During their visit, players broke into three groups and visited various patients throughout the hospital, signing autographs, posing for pictures and listening to stories the various soldiers had to tell.
“It was a huge eye-opener,” defenseman Mike Weber told NHL.com.