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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.)

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mrs.Aginoth
    Oct 17, 2005 @ 04:40:00

    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:-)

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  2. Q
    Oct 17, 2005 @ 09:09:00

    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.”
    Q

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  3. LoryKC
    Oct 17, 2005 @ 11:14:00

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

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  4. michael
    Oct 17, 2005 @ 12:44:00

    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.

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  5. Q
    Oct 17, 2005 @ 13:41:00

    • 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.
    Q

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