Ice hockey fans are used to the occasional injury that is a normal part of such a full-contact sport – but the one that took place in Friday’s Game 3 playoff between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes was perhaps the most unusual seen in the recent NHL. the story.
After the Bruins took a 3-1 lead, cheering fans celebrated the centuries-old NHL tradition of hitting the plexiglass that surrounds the ice.
Unfortunately, this time around, their raucous celebrations prompted a section of the heavy, unbreakable glass to break away from the perimeter of the rink and crash into Boston timeout coordinator Joe Foley.
Hoping for a speedy recovery after glass fell on Boston timeout coordinator Joe Foley 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZsVZ6jq3qw
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) May 7, 2022
Footage that captured the incident appeared to show the extent of the injuries Foley sustained, with reports that he was hospitalized following the crash after medics from both teams rushed to administer medical supplies. medical care.
Foley was reportedly conscious when he was removed from the arena.
“Our hearts go out to the injured NHL off-ice official,” the Bruins wrote on their Twitter Account. “We send him our best wishes. »
Boston right-winger David Pastrnak later confirmed that he learned Foley’s injuries were not serious.
“We heard he was fine and will be fine.,” said the Czech star.
Boston won the game 4-2 to claim its first win of the series, cutting Carolina’s lead to 2-1.
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