There has been a lot of ugliness already in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, and some of the hits have been legitimately scary. From hair and jersey pulling to punching a player who is not defending himself, the game has done wrong by itself by presenting such a pathetic, ugly lack of sportsmanship.
But this is nothing new in hockey.
Over the years there have been many ugly fights and hits and some terribly scary injuries. Some awful injuries have come from innocent plays, some from stupidity and others from vicious attacks.
What follows is a look at 11 of the scariest injuries in NHL history.
NOTE: Many of the images in the videos that follow are graphic in nature. Please proceed through this slideshow with caution.