Catching up with Chris Clark
This excerpt from Mike Brophy's column in this week's The Hockey News on Washington Capitals captain Chris Clark is too good to pass up:
...whatever it is, it motivates those around Clark to play all-out. Like back in mid-November, when he took a puck in the mouth in the dying moments of a home game against Boston, a shot that knocked out three-and-a-half teeth while crushing his palate. Despite the pain, he didn't show any sign of weakness.And here's an article that appeared in the Washington Post back in November when the gruesome injury occurred.
"He finished the shift," (Capitals coach Glen) Hanlon says.
Clarke underwent nearly four hours of dental surgery the next day and will require a total of five root canals. Not only that, he had his palate rebuilt using the palate from a cadaver. How weird is that?
"It's not so bad," he says. "They crush the bone and make it into a mold." He missed the next two games, but it wasn't by choice.
"Hey, my legs were OK and my hands were OK," Clark says. "And they gave me painkillers for my mouth. I wanted to play."