Imagine playing in an NHL game and losing your skate blade during play. Now imagine you're an NHL rookie playing in just your second career game and you lose your skate blade. Now imagine you're an NHL rookie playing in just your second career game and it's Game 6 of a playoff series and you lose your skate blade. That exact scenario happened to Tom Wilson and yeah, he felt as helpless as he looked when it happened.
Wilson joined the University of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley on Tuesday in Locksley's Instagram show "Late Night with Locks." Locksley had heard the story and asked Wilson about it. The game was Game 6 of the Capitals' first-round series against the New York Rangers in 2013. An 18-year-old Wilson was playing in just his second career NHL game.
Not just his second career playoff game, his second NHL game ever.
"I go out on the ice and go in on the forecheck and try and hammer somebody and miss," Wilson said. "I hit the boards and my blade popped out."
Wilson did not know the blade had popped out at first and turned to skate away. As soon as he went to push off his left foot, however, he crumbled to the ice and that's when he realized what had happened.
For a rookie trying to make a good impression, this was pretty much a nightmare scenario.
"I'm sitting there, I'm like oh gosh, what am I going to do?" he said. "I'm in the far corner. I've got to get back to the bench. I'm just thinking please don't score, please don't score. I'm crawling," he said. "If you've been on ice and you lose a blade, anyone that knows that feeling, it's pretty weird. "
When a player loses their skate blade, it does not become more difficult to skate, it becomes impossible to skate. But it's the NHL and the play is not stopping for you so Wilson had no choice but to try to get back to the bench as soon as possible.
Luckily, once he got close enough, it was Jason Chimera to the rescue. The former Caps' forward was on the ice and gave Wilson a shove to propel him back to the bench before any real damage was done.
Luckily, the Rangers did not take advantage of their unexpected 5-on-4 advantage.
Said Wilson, "It's a whirlwind, but that was a pretty funny blooper to have in your first taste of NHL hockey."
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