Worst Hockey Injuries of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Clint Malarchuk - 1989

Malarchuk wasn't a stud on the ice, but he remains a legend for surviving this injury. The army veteran who happened to be the trainer really saved him.

I read the title of the list and this was the first one that came to mind. Still one of the most gruesome things I've seen in sports.

Awful injury. Duplicated 20 years later when Richard Zednik suffered neck laceration in Buffalo.

Yeah, this would really hurt. Tough one between Masterson and Malarchuk.

2 Bill Masterson - 1968

Masterson goes down as a legend. Not only did he make helmets mandatory, but he had a trophy named after him. Masterson will forever be known as someone who loved the sport of hockey.

I feel so bad for this guy! Poor poor him I think it's the worst! Sigh.

Hit his head of the ice and died.

3 Trent McCleary - 2000

He almost died, and it ended his career.

Hit in the throat by a hockey puck.

4 Mark Howe - 1980

Impaled himself on the metal post at the center of the net.

5 Sami Salo

Two words that should never be together. "Shattered Testicle". He blocked a life changing slap shot in his groin area.

6 Gordie Howe - 1950 Gordon "Gordie" Howe OC (March 31, 1928 – June 10, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. From 1946 to 1980, he played twenty-six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Crashed into the end boards head first.

7 Eric Lindros

Suffered a major concussion that would be a part of his career ending early.

8 Marc Staal

I'll never forget seeing the ice turn red from the blood coming from his eye

9 Howie Morenz - 1937

He suffered a multiple fracture broken leg and died as a result of complications.

10 Max Pacioretty

He almost died. Chara sucks.

The Contenders
11 Sergei Zholtok - 2004

That injury literally ended his career. Even worse: He sadly died 4 hours later.

12 Richard Zednik

Like Malarchuk, he was cut by a skate.

13 Marc Savard

Matt Cooke hit him hard

14 Mike Smith - 2021
15 Connor McDavid - 2019
16 "Ace" Bailey
17 Bryan Berard

Hit in the eye by a stick.

18 Pat Peake

His heel was shattered so much that media accounts at the time included the assessments of various orthopedists who claimed that its like was seen only among construction workers who'd endured significant falls... from platforms and highrises!

19 Maurice Richard

Tendon severed during team practice ended his career.

20 Steve Moore

Suffered a concussion, ended his career.

21 Rich Peverley

He collapsed and died on the bench when he was with the Stars, but was revived. He got real lucky, but it's good he was revived.

22 Jackson Bernard
23 Jiri Fischer
24 Connor McDavid - 2016
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