Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/11/06 at 01:18 PM ET
In the sports world, hockey injuries are unique in the grotesque domain. It's a contact sport played on ice, with sticks and a frozen piece of rubber cylinder. Skates propel the athletes much faster than one could run. Oh, don't forget about the stationary boards and glass. Almost on any given night in the NHL, some player somewhere might suffer an injury that requires stitches, dental work, broken bones or worse. During the Olympics in the quarterfinals against Finland, the United States' Derian Hatcher knocked out four of Teemu Selanne's teeth with his stick. The loss of teeth is so common in hockey players — creating the familiar gap-toothed smiles — that in the sport's lingo lost teeth are sardonically referred to as "chicklets."read on (reg. req.)
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