Unless I overlooked it, Shawn Antoski's injury could be added to that list, too:
But when your dog kicks in your head, you know it's not your day.
Shawn Antoski's eight-year career in the NHL has been littered with stretched knee ligaments, separated shoulders, broken knuckles, strained hips and even hernia surgery. All of which are trivial when compared to the skull fracture and head injuries he suffered when the car in which he was riding ran into a concrete center divider on the Costa Mesa Freeway early in the morning of Nov. 24.
The Mighty Duck winger, who underwent surgery to have a steel-mesh plate inserted in his forehead, shook off the life- and career-threatening injury like an annoying little finesse player, left the hospital in only four days and began skating again last month.
Then one evening two weeks ago, he noticed that his 1 1/2-year-old Doberman pinscher, Jazz, wasn't her usual jazzy self. So Antoski--who once nursed back to health a bird that hit the windshield of his truck back home in Brantford, Canada--decided to play veterinarian again.
Thinking she may have been drinking from the Tidy Bowl-laced toilets again, he put his head on Jazz's chest to check her heartbeat.
"Her leg came up and hit me right in the forehead where the plate was," Antoski said. "I reached up and it felt like a golfer took a divot out of my head. I had this huge dent. It was pretty scary."
Mikael Renberg While with the Maple Leafs Renberg acquired a blister on his hand from tying his skate laces.
No big deal, right? Well later the blister became infected and soon Renberg was seriously ill and hospitalized with a dangerously high fever. Doctors were able to treat the infection and normailize his temperature. Doctors later revealed that if the treatments were unsuccessful they were seriously considering amputating his hand in order to save his life.
Mikael Renberg, part two A year before the blister incident, Renberg fell out of boat in northern Sweden while sailing with his father. Mikael was trying to pull up the anchor when he slipped and fell into the water. The propeller blade struck his right arm and sliced his bicep muscle.
Fortunately the propeller did not sever any nerves and any damage was not permanent.
Ya, kind of extends to off ice activities... like in 2001 I think it was, Brett Lindros was out snowmobiling with a friend on Crane Lake in Ontario when one of their 2 machines fell through the ice & into the drink. Lindros managed to roll out before he too went for a swim, but while riding back to shore, the two of them on one snowmobile, his buddy crashes it into the shore line somehow, both of them sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. Cops show up, take blood tests... yep. Few weeks later, Charges laid. Lindros as well I think hit with operating a machine without a license. No biggie really, $90 fine back then. No idea what happened to the DUI's, what injuries were sustained beyond Lindros's broken ribs though... yep. Boys will be boys huh?
Ever have a 300 lb weight machine fall on you? Marty Straka did.
Straka will remain bedridden until doctors determine the next step. X-rays were to have been sent early this morning to the Penguins' team physician, Dr. Charles Burke, who is communicating with medical professionals in Plzen.
The accident occurred early Monday morning at a Plzen gym, where Straka and Penguins teammate Milan Kraft went to work out. Straka was lifting weights on a machine -- without accompaniment -- when the apparatus slid on a carpet and fell on him, trapping him and preventing him from breathing.
"It was one of those big machines, and the weight was something like 300 pounds," Straka said. "I didn't have time to move. I was doing squats, and then it just started sliding, and then I'm underneath it. The whole thing came down on me."
Kraft and another gym patron rushed to his aid, lifting the machine and keeping him immobile while someone else called an ambulance.
"Krafty really helped me a lot," Straka said. "I was in so much pain, and I'm screaming and everything, and he held me down and made sure I didn't move or anything before the ambulance got there. I was so lucky to have help there."