I guess when you started you should have never been on the ice either. Stupid rant is stupid. Everyone has to start somewhere.
The difference is when I play a sport I am not good at (soccer, basketball, surfing) I have the sense to be aware of my surroundings and stay away from guys that are flying around.
There are rules of conduct for sports, in mountain biking you let the fast guys pass, in surfing you stay away from the crowd/big breaks. I adhere to these rules when I do these sports because I know it's the rookies that get in the way and cause accidents.
In this situation a slew foot far away from the play means the a-hole was not aware of his surroundings and absolutely no control over his body. In situations like these you don't skate right behind someone and use them as support as to not fall.
This of course assumes you have some sort of athletic prowess, so excuese me if I am ranting about a totally preventable situation preventing me playing in my teams playoffs where i am definitely needed... Sorry...
Edit - It's like in skiing or snowboarding beginers on a trail they can't handle... same concept. Go to stick time, stay away from goodplayers trying to play.
Ouch..how did that even happen? Looks like your pad was not properly secured or long enough..maybe get an inch " bigger..I use a cheap low end pair of Reebok 3k's and that wouldn't be possible unless my shin pad turned to the side
From what I can tell in the pic, I agree that it looks like more of a pants issue. While I agree with some that everyone has to start somewhere, I was also told when I first started playing (all of 2 weeks ago) to skate at your own level because if you go out of control someone can get seriously injured. Finally, yes, put a warning up for that pic; reminds me of the time at work when I had to see a self aid buddy care presentation (First Aid) and got treated to plenty of gruesome pictures with no warning beforehand.