OHL goalie is recovering after opponent's skate slices his leg
Niagara IceDogs goalie Tucker Tynan is tended to on the ice after his leg was severely cut by an opponent’s skate.
Niagara IceDogs goaltender Tucker Tynan is lucky to be alive after having his right leg sliced by a skate on Thursday night in an Ontario Hockey League game against the London Knights.
In the second period, a Knights player collided with Tynan, a 17-year-old rookie from Chicago, in the crease. Tynan immediately grabbed his right leg as a pool of blood began forming on the ice.
According to Niagara coach Billy Burke, Tynan’s right quadriceps muscle was completely torn apart and ripped through. Luckily, the femoral artery was only cut and not severed.
He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and underwent emergency surgery at the hospital. The IceDogs have since said Tynan is “stable and safe in hospital” and that “the road to recovery begins.”
The game was halted at that point in the second period and then suspended. Niagara also postponed its two weekend games
The gruesome scene brought back memories of when NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk had his throat slashed by a skate during a 1989 game. Malarchuk has said that he probably survived only because he was at the Zamboni entrance end of the arena, and EMT techs were able to get to him immediately.