Bleeding Goalie Keeps Playing, Makes Series Of Saves
Shots to the head are never fun for a goaltender, even with a heavy duty mask on. Despite the protection that a lot of the new masks have to offer, the puck occasionally catches a goalie at a weak spot, and the result is even scarier.
Mike Richter’s career ended because of a shot to the mask that fractured his skull. He eventually returned to the NHL after the injury, but he was never the same.
Now, video has surfaced from Finland where a goalie by the name of Oskari Setanen, playing for TPS of the SM-Liiga, received one of the worst shots off the mask that we have seen in a while.
WARNING: There is blood in the following clip from @HockeyWebcast.
Now that is frightening.
The play continues for over ten seconds after the initial shot, and impressively, Setanen doesn’t go down and even makes a series of fantastic saves before the whistle is finally blown because of a hand pass. The referee apparently had no idea that blood was pouring down the goaltender’s face, despite the fact that he attempted to wave at the official to alert him about the injury.
Fans were able to realize the seriousness of the situation when he took his mask off, revealing the blood on his face.
Once again, Setanen was able to remain remarkably calm as he skated to the bench to be attended to by the training staff. Now that’s a tough goalie!
With debate raging about making goaltending equipment smaller, this play is a scary reminder of the strength and power behind a lot of the shots that professional goaltenders are faced with. It also reinforces the importance of having a quality, well-made mask – for all goalies playing at any level.