2011 NHL Playoffs: Steven Stamkos and the Worst Pucks to the Face on Tape

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2011 NHL Playoffs: Steven Stamkos and the Worst Pucks to the Face on Tape
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Hockey is a tough game, and isn't for the feint at heart.

Steven Stamkos found this out a few days ago when he took a hard slapshot directly to the kisser.

Ouch!

As a player I have taken several pucks to the face—hard to believe when looking at my beautiful mug, I know—and I can tell you that this hurts as bad as you think it does.  Anyone who has experienced taking one to the nose or jaw will attest to this.

Of course, Stamkos didn't miss much time and came back with a face shield to finish the epic Game 7.  So in the honor of Stamkos and every other warrior who has eaten a rubber sandwich, here are the worst pucks to the face ever caught on tape.

As a side note, I'd love to hear your most ridiculous hockey tough guy stories.  Seen something insane in the minors?  Witnessed anything crazy in a weekend league?  Or, even better, been the hero of the story yourself?

Well what are you waiting for?  Share the tale in the comments and bask in the glory that is hockey toughness!

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