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Bleeding Goalie Keeps Playing, Makes Series Of Saves

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.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.

2 Comments

  1. Juhani Kupiainen

    He said in an interview that his mask may have been damaged since he tends to headbutt pucks. He also said that he will be back on ice next week.

  2. Joe Feeney

    In watching the video only 2 times, it is totally clear that Setanen is doing the head save ala Roman Checmanik. In addition he uses the flat top of his mask in order to deflect the puck, leading to a much harder direct flat on puck hit, which is far from the design perimeters of the masks, and may have had the contact be at or near the top attachment point and the snap button impacting his head. It was not a save I would want any goalie I have ever coached to attempt! (even though the puck was clearly over the net)

    This does not have to do with the quality of mask, size of equipment nor protection, an argument could even be made that a less protective mask would lead to few if any goalies trying to head butt the puck away ( not one I’d like to make and I would not like to give up my Eddy Gt for my old face form).

    Is this a reasonable way to try to save a projectile moving at 100 MPH?