Taylor Hall, in just his second NHL season, knows a thing or two about being a professional athlete.
The first, is that it's very important to wear a helmet during pregame warm-ups. The second, that chicks dig scars.
As seen in the video below, the sophomore sniper was warming up for the Oilers Tuesday night tilt with the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena when he slipped on a puck and collided with Ladislav Smid. As the two spun toward the corner, teammate Corey Potter attempted to leap over them but caught Hall in the forehead with his skate. The NHL's first-overall selection in 2010 was rushed to the locker room and later received a beauty of a black eye as well as 30 stitches.
"It was really scary. I saw it happen," captain Shawn Horcoff told the Vancouver Sun. "I saw him go down then I saw [Potter] jump. He actually kicked him on the way down.
"It didn’t look good."
"I just turned the corner and I had two guys sliding at me. I just tried to get of the way but unfortunately, I came in contact with Hallsy’s head," recalled Potter. "I didn’t really step on him. I tried to jump over him and kicked him.
"It’s a good thing he’s okay," he added. "I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cut that bad that close before. It was pretty gross. I was pretty freaked out in the warm-up because I was worried."
Hall didn't practice on Wednesday and won’t play against the Blues on Thursday night. He has 15 goals and 16 assists in 31 games this season and has received strict orders from his mother to wear a helmet from now on, according to the National Post.
"We’ve had that discussion. Yes, he will be wearing his helmet," said Hall’s mother Kim Strba. "I think he was thanking his lucky stars. He knows it could have been much worse. I’ve seen the video a couple of times on TV. It wasn’t easy to watch.
"I asked him if he was still good-looking," she continued, "and he said, 'Mom, I look like Frankenstein.'"
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
January 17, 2012
A routine pre-game warm-up skate turned pretty scary for Edmonton Oilers young gun Taylor Hall. Hall, who must have been working on a triple lutz, fell and teammate Corey Potter skating behind him tried to get out of the way. He obviously couldn't. The 20-year old first overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft was ruled out for the game and was taken to a local hospital for stitches...
Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall was cut in the face by a teammate’s skate during pregame warmups on Tuesday night and missed the game. If you weren’t sure how bad the damage was, the picture above should confirm things.
The Oilers also shared this quote from Hall, “I’m feeling better. I’d like to thank our trainers & the Columbus medical staff.”
Oilers left winger Taylor Hall took a skate across his head the other night in Columbus – during warmups. A freak fall resulted in Hall taking out his teammate and Corey Potter trying to avoid the bodies strewn across the ice. No chance. Potter’s skate clipped Hall’s head and you now get a look at what a skate can do to a face. Not a good look.
Taylor tweets: The reports...
As many of you have likely read about, heard about or even have seen the disturbing video, Oilers left winger Taylor Hall suffered a terrible and extremely frightening injury during the team’s pregame skate on Tuesday before the team took on the Columbus Blue Jackets. After slipping while making a turn, a helmet-less Hall collided [...]
from Mark Zwolinski and Joseph Hall of the Toronto Star, A gruesome skate-to-the-face gash on Taylor Hall’s forehead may well put helmets on all Toronto Maple Leafs during the team’s pre-game warm-ups.
“I’m thinking about it,” said coach Ron Wilson when asked if he’d make helmets mandatory.
“You look at what happened (to Hall) and it was scary, it could have been...
NHL superstar Taylor Hall is lucky to be alive after an ice skate ripped his skull open -- and his team just tweeted the first photo of the nasty ... NASTY aftermath.The Edmonton Oilers star forward suffered a Frankenstein-like gash Tuesday night when he…
Taylor Hall spoke with edmontonoilers.com exclusively today prior to meeting with the media.
"I'm feeling better. I'd like to thank our trainers and the Columbus medical staff."
Watch an entire interview wit...
Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall was hurt when he accidentally made contact with a teammate during team warmups before the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Team spokesman J.J. Hebert confirmed that Hall "fell and a teammate tried to avoid him and his skate cut him." Hall, who was not wearing a helmet, had blood running down the side of his head...
The Edmonton Oilers have posted a video of Taylor Hall addressing his injury and his anxiousness to return to the ice:
Looking at his face, it’s unlikely Hall will be able to wear a helmet, let alone see well enough to play until after the All Star Break.
It was a freak accident, but one that has captured the attention of the NHL, its fans and the hockey world as a whole. With on slip on a puck the Edmonton Oilers’ 2010 first overall draft pick Taylor Hall slid into a corner during warm-up and suffered an injury that was difficult for his teammates to see. Some described the cut as down to the bone, and the worst thing is that it...
Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall sat out Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after cutting his head when he accidentally made contact with a teammate during pregame warmups.
Delivered to your inbox
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!
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.