News of Philadelphia Flyers Captain Claude Giroux injuring his finger in a golfing mishap was met largely with laughs throughout the hockey world, although it has sparked some concern in Flyers fans. Giroux underwent surgery to repair injured tendons after the broken shaft of his golf club sliced his finger this week, rendering him unable to play hockey for 4-6 weeks as he recovers.
Giroux isn’t the first to suffer from a bizarre injury, and certainly won’t be the last.
In 2012, Los Angeles Kings left-winger Dustin Penner threw his back out while eating pancakes at breakfast, an act slightly more boring than golf. Fortunately, he’s had no lingering issues.
Erik Johnson, No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft, suffered a golfing injury. While operating a golf car, his foot became wedged between the brake and the accelerator. He tore is ACL and MCL in the process, missing the entirety of the 2008-2009 season in recuperation. Johnson remains lighthearted about the incident, tweeting to Giroux “Hey (Giroux), don’t worry it happens bro” on August 15th, the day of Giroux accident.
Flyers fans should be not be strangers to bizarre accidents, as the team suffered from its most tragic incident on July 23, 1999. Dmitri Tertyshny, an up-and-coming Flyer, went boating on Okanagan Lake in Canada during the summer following his rookie season. The 22-year-old Russian fell off the boat in rough waves. He was run over, and the propeller severed his jugular vein, resulting in his death a short time later.
Although Giroux injury is humorous, Flyers fans should be grateful it wasn’t more serious. With any luck, Giroux and the team won’t suffer any major setbacks, and the captain will be fully healed come game-time on October 2.