A San Jose Sharks hockey player had just finished recovering from a back surgery when he made a move this week that sacrificed his hand and forced him off the ice again for an indefinite amount of time.
Right wing Adam Burish blocked a shot by the Edmonton Oilers with his hand at the game Tuesday in Alberta, Canada. Immediately, his gloves were off and his stick dropped as he clutched his hand in pain and made his way for the locker room.
Just take a look at these picture of his distorted hand posted to Twitter.
Well Adam Burish has a finger that looks... Not normal. Floppy is a good word. pic.twitter.com/DUW0t6NfGs— Jo Innes (@JoNana) March 26, 2014
I knew Burish had soft hands but this is crazy. Get healthy 37. pic.twitter.com/Cv1E9hOCPJ— Patrick Sharp (@10PSharp) March 26, 2014
And watch the moment it happened:
"You know, I'm starting to rethink my philosophy about blocking shots on penalty killers," one of the NHL announcers said in the video.
Burish had a medical procedure for his finger injury Wednesday. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Sharks' surgeon said he was unsure when Burish would return and coach Todd McLellan noted that it probably wouldn't be for a while.
Still, the San Francisco Chronicle noted that most NHL teams don't divulge details as to the extent of injuries this close to the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin April 16.
Burish's incident isn't the only one gaining attention this week. Watch what happened when Edomonton's Mike Cammalleri forgot to put steel in his skates and hit the ice (hint: it didn't go well):