Sunday, October 16, 2005

In other sports news

You think boxing is a tough sport? Consider hockey:

Pat Quinn, coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, sports two black eyes

If this is what the coaches look like, imagine what it's like to be a player!

(I apologize for the poor quality of the photo, but it's a picture I took of a TV interview.)


At 4:40 AM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Juggling Mother said...

In hockey, the unjuries are accidental, or at least not the purpose of the game. Plus, it's well known in coaching circles that coaches get far more injuries than players - it's part of the job:-)

At 9:09 AM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

Mary P. asked me how Quinn got the black eyes. I managed to find a humorous account here:

Sun Media's Bill Lankhof on Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn getting hit in the face twice with pucks and a stick, suffering a black eye and requiring stitches: "In other words, he has been more involved in the play so far this season than most of his defencemen."

At 11:14 AM, October 17, 2005, Blogger LoryKC said...

If you see a flying puck,
you really ought to duck!

At 12:44 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger michael said...

Pat Quinn's retort, according to Hockey Night in Canada's Harry Neal this past Saturday, said that Pat said he isn't as fast on his feet as he used to be! :)

When Pat is getting hit by sticks & pucks like that, I would say so.

It was also suggested in an earlier game on TSN that maybe Pat should be the first ever NHL coach to wear a visor! I wonder what Don Cherry would have said about that.

At 1:41 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

• Lory:
Did you know that they freeze hockey pucks before they use them in a game? It's to minimize bouncing, since it's hard to control a bouncing puck. But it also makes them harder, of course, as if they weren't already hard enough.

• Michael:
I wondered whether it had something to do with Matt Sundin:

Quinn: What do you mean, you can't play, Sundin?

Sundin: I got hit in the eye with a puck! I have a broken orbital bone!

Quinn: Back in my day, we used to play through injuries like that little scratch. Go ahead, hit me in the eye with your stick!

[Sundin complies by giving Quinn a two-hander]

Quinn: There, see — I can still coach.


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