15 Oddest Injuries in NHL History

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJanuary 12, 2012

15 Oddest Injuries in NHL History

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    Injuries are always going to be a part of hockey, but sometimes they happen in the oddest of ways. Even the simplest body movements such as jumping over the boards can get an NHL player injured.

    Sometimes players get injured in the most bizarre ways, like when Dustin Penner recently got hurt eating some pancakes.

    Let's look at some of the oddest injuries in NHL history.

Martin Havlat

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    Martin Havlat has always been an injury-prone player, but the San Jose Sharks decided to acquire him via trade from the Minnesota Wild this summer anyway.

    Havlat gets hurt here by just climbing over the boards, something he's done well over 1000 times during his fantastic career.

Dustin Penner

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    Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner has not done well since arriving in Hollywood, and hurting his back while trying to eat some pancakes won't help him win fans.

    Per Pro Hockey Talk:

    “Apparently it’s one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing. I just leaned over to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made. It’s just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes. … So it was disappointing. Hopefully it’s just an isolated incident, and not something that’s going to become chronic.”

Glenn Healy

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    Former NHL goalie and current hockey analyst for TSN, Glenn Healy liked to play the bagpipes, but one day he cut his fingers on them, thus hurting his hand.

    This is certainly one of the strangest hockey injuries I've seen. Luckily for Healy, he was rarely more than a backup in the NHL.

Erik Johnson

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    Erik Johnson, current Colorado Avalanche defenseman and former No. 1 overall draft pick, tore two ligaments in his knee when golfing back in 2006.

    His foot got caught in the cart between the brake and the accelerator, causing his knee to be injured.

Joe Sakic

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    Legendary Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic hurt himself in 2008 when he broke three fingers while operating a snowblower.

    Luckily Sakic did not hurt himself any worse, because those snowblowers can be dangerous pieces of equipment if you are not careful.

Darren Turcotte

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    Former NHL player Darren Turcotte missed 13 games during the 1996-97 season when he hurt his eardrum while cleaning his ear with a cotton swab.

    This is really a strange injury, and one that I would expect no adult to be capable of doing.

Larry Robinson

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    Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Larry Robinson missed 27 games during the 1987-88 season when he injured his leg riding horses while playing polo.

    A really strange injury for someone who played polo growing up and wasn't new to the sport.

Wade Belak

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    Former Toronto Maple Leafs player Wade Belak was a pretty big guy, but a spider bite kept him out for a game during the 2005-06 season because his foot swelled up to the point his skate would not fit on properly.

    This is certainly one of the oddest injuries I have seen in hockey.

Brian Leetch

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    In 1993, former New York Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch slipped on a sidewalk getting out of a taxi cab in New York City, causing him to break his ankle.

    This proves that even in-shape athletes can be hurt from a simple fall, which is kind of scary when you think about it.

Brent Sopel

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    During the 2007 NHL playoffs, Brent Sopel hurt his back while grabbing a cracker off the floor at his home, forcing him to miss a Western Conference first-round game against the Dallas Stars.

    Sopel played for the Vancouver Canucks at the time.

Manny Legace

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    Former St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace slipped on a carpet laid out for then-Alaskan governor Sarah Palin to walk onto for a pregame event.

    Legace hurt his hip on the fall and was forced to leave the game.

Nils Ekman

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    During the 2006-07 season, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Nils Ekman hurt his elbow during play and just left the ice through the side entrance.

    The whole incident was a weird one, and later it was revealed that Ekman had a dislocated elbow.

Mikael Renberg

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    Former Philadelphia Flyers player Mikael Renberg fell out of his boat one time and was hurt by the propeller blade, causing him to tear his bicep.

    The injury wasn't career-threatening, but it's not one of the more common injuries you see players suffer.

John Vanbiesbrouck

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    Former star goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck sat on his glass coffee table during the summer of 1988 and broke it.

    While trying to prevent himself from falling to the ground, he sliced his left wrist, but was able to recover in time for the regular season.

Doug Wickenheiser

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    Former St. Louis Blues player Doug Wickenheiser tore his ACL and MCL because he was hit by a car. Making matters worse was this injury happened as he fell out of a pickup truck and an oncoming car hit him.