One fact that's overlooked is that NHL skates are sharp. Real sharp. There will be horror on ice if those skates slice into the wrong place (and here's an example).

Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is your most recent reminder—and just in time for the new year. The thirst victim had to get stitches after getting struck in the neck by Avalanche forward Daniel Brière's skate. As hockey players are wont to do, Del Zotto decided to post an image of the injury and aftermath. That photo is below, and it's not for the faint of heart.

 

 

It would've been dope to enter 2015 without his skin sliced open. He's good, though: Del Zotto returned the same game he suffered the gash in. These hockey players, man...

[via The Big Lead]

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