Former Capitals forward Matt Hendricks has only played five games for the Edmonton Oilers this season. That’s because Hendricks suffered a gnarly ankle injury two weeks ago against the Calgary Flames.
Hendricks was hurt doing the normal Wagon things he does: blocking a shot from the point. The puck went off the inside of Hendricks’ right ankle, just above his skate where there’s absolutely no padding.
The result was gory. The shot essentially blew Hendricks’ ankle up. The swelling was so bad his skin opened up to drain. Hockey Night In Canada shared photos of the injury last night on Halloween. These photos are from Hendy himself.
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Hendricks’ ankle was not broken though I can’t say for sure if that would have been better or worse than this. The dude is so tough.
According to HNIC’s sideline reporter, “Hendricks’ has been skating, but the hardest part has been the comfort inside of the skate. The key will be to allow the cut to heal 100%, guys, so that it doesn’t get infected. He’s hoping he’ll return next week.”
This isn’t the first time Hendricks’ has published nasty photos of an injury.
Way back in 2012 while with the Capitals, an Alex Ovechkin practice shot deflected off the glass and hit Hendricks in the ear. It split it open.
Take a look. This looks like a cake walk compared to the ankle injury.
“It hit me and it was kind of surprising,” Hendricks told the Capitals’ Mike Vogel at the time. “It felt like somebody came up and hit me in the head with a baseball bat. It stunned me. I realized I was bleeding and pain was setting in. I knew it wasn’t good.”
And this is just another reminder that hockey’s a dangerous sport.
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