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You Might Like Watching Hockey, But You Should Never Forget How Violent It Can Be

NOVEMBER 6, 2015  —  By Joe Welkie

Hockey is one of the most popular sports in America, but it's even more popular abroad. Still, we have a healthy respect for the sport, and tons of fans flock to stadiums every year to watch their favorite teams play.

Most die-hard hockey fans know the story of Clint Malarchuk's insane neck injury, but if you don't, you're going to cringe when you hear it. Here's how the situation went down. A fellow player's skate sliced Malarchuk's carotid artery, which obviously led to a ton of blood loss. The footage is pretty gruesome, but if you can stomach it, this will give you a new appreciation for the brutal sport.

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I know it sounds bad (and looks even worse), but he lived to tell this gruesome tale. Had it not been for the speedy reaction of medical professionals, however, he certainly would have died. The six-inch wound required over 300 stitches, but amazingly enough, Clint pulled through and continued playing hockey for a number of years after the fact.

 

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