This is another one of those stories that demonstrates the crazy toughness of hockey players.
On Friday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Matt Calvert took a puck to the face in the second period that caused blood to drip and form a small puddle on the ice. (You can watch the bloody video — if you really want to — below.)
Calvert of course left the game to get checked out, and then he returned in the third period — and he scored the game-winning goal to beat the New York Rangers.
Per Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, Calvert received 36 stitches, and he somehow passed the NHL’s concussion protocol before returning.
November 19, 2016
Matt Calvert took a slapshot to the face.
Final stitch count for #CBJ Matt Calvert: 36— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 19, 2016
Here’s the graphic, bloody video. Again, warning, it’s tough to watch.
He was photographed smiling afterwards.
Earned it. pic.twitter.com/Zj75GJm0wq— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) November 19, 2016
Hockey players, man.