Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner tweets nightmarish iamge of broken jaw (pic)
Following a hearing with the NHL’s disciplinary brass on Monday, Vancouver Canucks right-winger Zack Kassian was suspended for eight games — three presason games and the first five of the regular season — as punishment for a reckless high stick that caught Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner in the face during a preseason match-up between the teams on Saturday.
The careless play by Kassian left Gagner on the ice with a broken jaw. The center is now out indefinitely for the Oilers and is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Gagner took to Twitter on Monday to provide compelling — and disturbing — evidence that reveals exactly what kind of horrific mess a hockey player’s face can be left in as a consequence of a careless hit up high with a stick.
Be forewarned: It ain’t pretty.
The play in question from Saturday:
Up above is how Gagner appeared in his official team photo, and below is the gruesome and ghastly aftermath of the play, via Gagner’s Twitter account:
Thank you all for the support. Excited to come back stronger and hopefully better looking than a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/jyU91TMSuu
— Sam Gagner (@89SGagner) September 24, 2013
GAH! He looks like some kind of terrible, deformed beast. Or an oral surgeon’s dream client. One of the two. Or both.