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Marian Gaborik’s girlfriend struck in face by puck during Kings game (pic)

Marian Gaborik labeled girlfriend Ivana Surovcova a “warrior” after taking a puck to the face during the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Surovcova, a professional dancer from Gaborik’s native Slovakia, was seated behind the Kings bench when a puck flew into the crowd, striking her in the face.

Via a Puck Daddy reader’s firsthand account:

Marion Gaborik’s girlfriend took a puck in the face tonight. She was sitting behind (and one section to the right) of the Kings bench. We saw the puck deflect into the crowd in a hurry. A friend of mine saw a woman leave and said she got hit near the eye. Bleeding.

Gaborik later took to Twitter to praise his longtime girlfriend for her toughness. Surovcova, with a nasty cut near her left eye, takes a fighter’s pose for the attached photo documenting the damage. Gaborik not only referred to her as a “tough lil warriors,” he dubbed her the “hottest girl in the crowd,” a comment surely worth some brownie points.

Surovcova took to Instagram as well to showcase her battle wounds.

“I’m real hockey girlfriend now,” Surovocoa wrote.

Indeed.

The valuable lesson to be gleaned from Surovocoa’s experience is when at a hockey game, always keep one’s head on a swivel. You never know when a puck will come flying out of the rink and drill you.

[Puck Daddy]

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