Monday, January 07, 2008

How they hurt

In a league where there are only 600 roster spots at any time, 68 players are currently on the sidelines with injuries.

Here's what's keeping them off the ice:

Knee 19
Concussion 10
Shoulder 10
Groin / hernia 8
Ankle 6
Back 6
Hip 5
Leg 5
Wrist 4
Foot 3
Abdominal 2
Finger 2
Hand 2
Other 4

Knees, shoulders, groins and head injuries — no huge surprises there.

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7 Comments:

At 4:11 PM, January 07, 2008, Anonymous Ultimate Hockey Warrior said...

Those finger injuries are kind of funny to me. While I know they can be serious, you wouldn't expect 6'4" 250 lbs guy would have to miss games due to a finger injury

 
At 4:13 PM, January 07, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Volchenkov's one of the guys that had one.

With a broken finger, it basically has to be in a splint for a month or more, and if it's immobilized, you can't wear a hockey glove.

And you need your fingers to use a stick or shoot.

 
At 4:25 PM, January 07, 2008, Anonymous Phillie said...

Finally, stats to back up what every hockey player knows: If bad knees won't end your career early, a concussion will. Perhaps it's time the NHL and NHLPA started looking at better knee protection, as well as better helmets.

 
At 7:08 PM, January 07, 2008, Anonymous daniel said...

James, any chance you could add a break down of injury total as a percentage by position (center, winger, defenceman & goalie)? That would by quite interesting I think...

 
At 10:48 PM, January 07, 2008, Anonymous poploser said...

do the "concussion" ones include the ones the teams don't label as a concussion (like Matt Cullen), or are these in the "other" category?

 
At 11:54 PM, January 07, 2008, Anonymous sv said...

Hey James. How about a column telling us how many of these injuries were caused by the Flyers?

Kidding!

 
At 2:43 PM, January 08, 2008, Anonymous rybu said...

phillie, knee protection is already quite substantial. The knee/shin protection worn by NHL players gives excellent impact protection. If you want to make it impossible to damage your knee ligaments and other sensitive knee bits, you'd need to design the pads to include some bracing structure. Further you'd want to add some kind of protection against extreme torques on the knee joint which can damage cartlidge -- this IMO would be very difficult to do. The main downside to increased knee protection is that the equipment will become even more bulky and awkward -- some NHL players play with knee braces but they are pretty restrictive. Worse, the force from heavy knee-on-knee impacts will no longer be felt at the knee, it will be transfered up to the hip. So you might start seeing torn ligaments in the hip, instead of the knee, after big collisions. IMO, this is just a big arms race. The answer isn't more substantial equipment, it's getting the players to start using their brains.

 

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