Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese received some welcome news at the beginning of the month. His broken jaw has healed enough to the point where he can eat solid foods again.
Hockey Night in Canada first reported the news on their Instagram account.
Aston-Reese was first injured after absorbing an illegal check to the head from Capitals forward Tom Wilson. The hit occurred on May 1 during Game Three of the Penguins’ second round series against the Washington Capitals.
The Capitals defeated the Penguins and went on to win their first Stanley Cup in June.
Wilson was suspended three games, missing the remainder of the series. The concussed Aston-Reese had his jaw broken in multiple places.
“I feel kind of like a chipmunk,” a puffy-cheeked Aston-Reese said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey nine days after the hit.
According to Mackey, Aston-Reese had surgery to put his jaw back together with a few plates and screws days after the hit. For much of his recovery, the forward could only eat soup, smoothies, and “lots of ice cream.”
Aston-Reese was able to begin training again at the beginning of June, but finally, three months after Wilson’s bodycheck, a sense of normalcy is returning to Aston-Reese life. That’s great news.
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