Every now and then, we get an incident that reminds us that hockey is, at its core, a bunch of big people flying around a slippery surface with razor blades strapped to their feet.
In last night’s Edmonton Oilers-Vegas Golden Knights game, former Bruin Milan Lucic got tangled up with a Vegas player and fell to the ice. That Vegas player then lost his balance and went down, his legs flying up in the process.
Went back and found the play where Lucic was cut and all I can say is … yikes. This could have been fatal. pic.twitter.com/2Yfu6M5U8p— Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer) January 14, 2018
You can see here (bottom right) that the Vegas player’s leg comes up and catches Lucic up high; unfortunately, that “up high” was right in the neck.
Lucic must have known the skate caught him, as he sat on the ice for a moment before getting off to seek attention.
Close call... but ok. #skategrazedjugular pic.twitter.com/LM993fNH0O— Milan Lucic (@27MilanLucic) January 14, 2018
Fortunately, the skate appears to have just grazed Lucic’s neck and didn’t go deeply enough to cause major damage.
A scary moment for the big guy, but glad to see he’s OK.