Former Capital Troy Brouwer is tough and Thursday he showed just how adverse to pain he really is.
During Brouwer’s first shift against the New Jersey Devils, the Flames forward accidentally blocked a Kyle Palmieri dump-in with his cheek. Brouwer would skate off the ice and immediately go down the tunnel.
But, no, that would not be the end of his night.
Here’s a closer look.
And here’s the slo-mo replay.
Brouwer would return midway through the first period and finish the game.
The next day, the Calgary Sun’s Kristen Anderson reported that Brouwer fractured his face on the play and will be out week to week.
#Flames RW Troy Brouwer is our week to week with a facial fracture. Will be off the ice for a few days and then he will be able to skate.
— Kristen Anderson (@KdotAnderson) February 9, 2018
“He played two periods that way,” Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said after Friday’s practice to NHL.com. “He’s going to be out for a while here with a fractured face. … That’s going to be a loss, especially our penalty kill, which he was taking top minutes. … So that’s a loss for us, but we’ll have somebody else — Curtis Lazar will pull in tonight — and we’ll keep moving.”
All in all, Brouwer would take 13 shifts and play eleven minutes and forty-three seconds with a broken face.
Brouwer has missed only nine games over the past seven seasons. This just serves as another reminder to never doubt the Brouwer Pouwer.
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