Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 10/14/11 at 06:14 PM ET
From Brandon Stahl in the Duluth New Tribune:
Thomas Lund and Aaron Hinnenkamp aren’t just your ordinary Zamboni drivers. Quick action by the two Amsoil Arena ice maintenance workers might have helped save a life last week.
Rich Mertz was taking his first skate of the year Oct. 6 with a group of friends who play pickup hockey every Thursday at the arena when, about four minutes before their time was up, the 33-year-old got tangled up with a friend in what he calls “a total freak accident.”
His friend got tripped on Mertz’s hockey stick and, as his friend kicked his leg out, his skate struck the right side of Mertz’s face, going through his cheek and cutting two arteries.
“I knew it right away,” Mertz said. “I got cut good.”
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