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Bruins’ Subban Has Larynx Fractured By Warm Up Shot

Bruins’ Subban Has Larynx Fractured By Warm Up Shot
Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban fractured his larynx after taking a warm up shot in the throat before a game in the AHL. (Photo by Scott Slingsby/InGoal Magazine)

Maybe he should have just kept stretching? Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban has his larynx fractured after taking a warm up shot in the throat before a game in the AHL on Saturday. (InGoal Magazine file Photo by Scott Slingsby)

Anyone who has ever played goal at any level knows the hazards of high shots in warm ups, but at the professional level you would assume the shooters also understand the risks and adjust their sights accordingly.

Boston Bruins’ prospect Malcolm Subban found out the hard way that’s not a safe assumption after having his larynx fractured in warm up before a game for the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League on Saturday and spending the night in hospital.

Subban, who doesn’t wear a dangler attached to his mask, was hit in the throat prior to a game against the Portland Pirates, spent the night in hospital and will be out of action for a while with what is essentially a broken voice box. The Boston Bruins release this statement on Sunday:

“Malcolm Subban was struck in the throat with a puck Saturday night during pregame warm-ups. He was transported to Maine Medical Center and was diagnosed with a fractured larynx. He stayed overnight at Maine Medical Center and was transported to Mass General Hospital on Sunday for further evaluation. … He is in stable condition and will be sidelined indefinitely. The team will provide additional details when they become available.”

Subban, who is 14-8-5 with .911 save percentage in Providence this season, sent fans his own message:

While the length of Subban’s absence remains undetermined, it was long enough that the Bruins brought back Jeremy Smith, who had been on loan to the Minnesota Wild’s AHL affiliate in Iowa, to play with first-year professional prospect Zane McIntyre in Providence.

In the short term, Subban’s injury provided another fun entry into the history or Emergency Backup Goalies (EBUGs), with local beer league goalie Joe Parker called away from a family dinner because he still had his equipment in the car from a game the night before:

Subban certainly isn’t the only pro goalie to feel the pain of a high shot from a teammate.

Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was heard barking a brief expletive-laden tirade about high shots in warm ups affect watching Carey Price writhe on the ice in considerable pain early in an October practice in Vancouver. And Curtis Sanford once told InGoal Magazine he had his eardrum ruptured by a warm up shot from a teammate that caught him flush on the ear hole of his mask while he was looking the other way.

Maybe beer league goalies everywhere can take solace that it isn’t just the idiots on their team who buzz the tower in warm ups, as if that is going to help them get ready for a game. Of course those shots before the local rec league game aren’t likely to leave you in the hospital either.

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  1. Ilya Zhitomirskiy

    That’s why I always wear a dangler. Does Subban typically wear a collar style neck guard? I believe that goalies should wear danglers, to avoid such incidents, but I am not sure whether it is right to require danglers either.

    Any way, get better, Malcolm. The Bruins will be needing you.

    Best of luck from a fellow tendy!

  2. Ralph knox

    I don’t get it. Put a maltese combo on and a dangler and move on or don’t bitch when this happens. Same with the no shield players- don’t bitch when your orbit gets fractured or you loose and eye. A game where you make millions and you cant add a few hundred dollars of equipment

  3. Joe Feeney

    Malcolm, Get better soon! This is a dangerous thing and is one reason that I had my daughter use a dangler til she got into college. As a very tall goalie, over 6’4″ it is obserd how high guys will shoot now, often over my head while I’m standing. Control your shots, particularly in warm ups. It is a time to hit the NET, not Kill your own goalie!

    As to those who are trying to blame the goalie(Use a dangler or don’t complain) Get in the net and see how you like it! By the way if you were on the team I coach, you’d get in with no extra equipment and we’d see how flip you ere then.