What are some of the weirdest NHL injuries you've seen or heard of?
First thing that springs to my mind is the Erik Johnson one. Tore his ACL in the offseason with something involving a golf cart.
Another one (can't find the yt anywhere) was a couple of years back when Nils Ekman was playing for the Penguins. He took a hard hit into the boards and immediately grabbed his elbow. Instead of carrying himself to the bench, he left the ice through the side entrance to the locker room in the middle of play. (Mellon Arena-locker rooms are on the opposite side of the rink from the benches). Michel Ouellet jumps on the ice and the Penguins get called for a too many men penalty.
Howie Morenz's injury itself isn't really remarkable, except for the fact that he died from complications later.
Howie Morenz’s career ended on January 28, 1937, when he suffered a multiple fracture broken leg. But he lost more than his career that night: it eventually took his life as a result of complications on March 8, 1937.Howie Morenz
Morenz was actually recovering well in the hospital. Friends and other players came to see him and brought him beer and booze. Legend has it that Howie became upset and suffered a nervous breakdown over reports suggesting that a benefit game was going to be played for him. (It eventually was.) The Canadiens’ team physician X-rayed Morenz’s leg and found blood clots on the morning of March 8th, 1937, and while an operation was scheduled for the following day, Howie never made it to the operating table. Attempts to revive him failed, and Morenz was dead at the age of 34.
Kevin Steven's would fall under the "nasty category"
In a season-ending loss to the New York Islanders -- can you say David Volek? -- in Game 7 of the 1993 Patrick Division final, Stevens had a mighty collision with New York's Richard Pilon in the first period and, knocked woozy, landed face-first on the ice.
He had a concussion and cut over his right eye and needed nearly five hours of surgery to repair a fractured sinus bone and broken nose.
Because Stevens' injury happened in a game, we were able to watch it over and over in slow motion, and there was no secrecy about his subsequent care and recovery.
In fact, we almost got information overload with the description of his surgery, when doctors cut him ear to ear along the hairline, pulled back the skin, repaired the damage, then sewed his face back together.