Injuries are a part of every sport.
Sometimes the injured player is able to fully recover from the damage to their body and resume their career as if nothing ever happened. Other times the player is able to get back in the game, but at a slightly diminished level. In the worst case scenario, the injury results in the player being forced to retire or risk permanent damage.
What follows is an examination of the NHL players that fall into the latter category, players that were forced into retirement before their careers were close to being over. Had these players been able to stay healthy, they all may have already had their names enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Some may still get there, but some will always wonder "what if?"