Bruins’ Subban Has Larynx Fractured By Warm Up Shot
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:
Thanks for all the supportt! pic.twitter.com/rAEY9d6k6x
— Malcolm Subban (@SubbZero30) February 7, 2016
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.