Denis Sokolov is a 35-year-old defenseman for Yekaterinburg Automobilist of the KHL, in his 17th season as a professional player in Russia.
He's also lucky. Really, really lucky.
In a game between Yekaterinburg and Traktor Chelyabinsk on Sunday, Sokolov's carotid artery was sliced open by the skate of former NHL journeyman (and blog inspiration) Jan Bulis — leaving a pool of blood on the ice as he quickly left for medical attention.
The incident begins at the 1:14 mark in case the video doesn't automatically roll there: