Hockey is a fast-paced game. Players deal with their opponents going by them at high speed and shooting pucks at more than 100 miles per hour. They put their bodies on the line for their teams without a second thought and play through pain that would put athletes in other sports on the sidelines.
But sometimes during the game, things happen that no one saw coming. A player takes a hit the wrong way or ends up in the line of fire of a puck, and they end up seriously injured. Some players have pre-existing conditions that they or team doctors were unaware of, and they pass away before their time.
While no one likes to think of these things, they do happen, and the results can be heartbreaking to even the toughest of players.
This slideshow will cover some of the scariest on-ice incidents in hockey's history. Although the majority of these slides will be NHL related, I will talk about things that have happened in other hockey leagues.
WARNING: Some of the pictures, videos and stories contained in these slides may be upsetting or disturbing. Please use discretion while reading.