Kaspars Daugavins spent 91 games in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins before moving on to play internationally. Now with Torpedo of the KHL, he recently had a close encounter with a puck that … well, the results aren’t pretty.
In a game on Monday, defenseman Maxim Solovyov of Dynamo Minsk attempted to clear the puck out of his own zone. He ended up clearing it directly into the face of Daugavins, who clutched his head with his gloves and tumbled to the ice on his back.
Play was stopped and Daugavins was helped to the back, having played 12:20 in the eventual 3-2 shootout loss.
The aftermath of the accident?
Obviously Daugavins is really lucky the puck didn’t strike his eyes. He broke his nose, as you might be able to tell.
His status for the team's next game on Friday night has yet to be determined.
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