Mark Howe's Injury

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  1. blood gin

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    One of the most hideous and dangerous incidents in NHL history. Maybe not quite Malarchuk level but apparently he was impaled on that sharp middle part of the old goal net in a very sensitive area. He lost a lot of blood from what I've heard.
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    This incident isn't talked about much though compared to a lot of other NHL close calls. I actually have never seen any photos or videos of it at all nor have I ever met (online or in person) an individual who was even present at the game.

    Does anybody remember it happening first hand? Or it being talked about in the media?
     
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    Good question. I have often read/heard about this incident as well, but I'm 99% sure no video of it exists, so it was probably in a non-televised game, of which (I guess) there were still some in 1980-81, esp. in Hartford.
     
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    If a video of the Howe injury existed, I wouldn't want to see it. I still cannot bring myself to watch the Malarchuk one.
     
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    I still have zero idea why they designed the nets like that.
     
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    Aesthetically-speaking, I preferred the nets that way. Looks cooler.

    It's all fun and games until someone gets speared half a foot into their rectum.
     
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    I don't have a strong stomach for blood and all. Brought myself to watch it. I have no idea how he lived.
     
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    It is kind of silly that they went so long with that pointy part but I think the original purpose was that pucks that went into the net along the ice could be kicked up into the (what was then) loose hanging netting and cause it to move and make it more clear a goal was scored

    I also think there was a double netting (like a pouch) at one point running along the middle of the netting and pucks the went in high would drop into the pouch
     
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    Mark Howe discusses this in his book:

    I watched a replay of the accident only one time, via a VHS cassette provided by one of my Avon policeman friends who had taped the game that night. I must have jumped three feet off the edge of the bed where I had been sitting when I saw myself sliding into the net

    I took the tape out of the VCR and threw it away. There appears to be no copy of it anywhere today, and that's fine by me.
     
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    I remember when it happened.

    It's possible the game was not televised as it was back before all games were.

    The best thing is, he made a full recovery.
     

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