Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk Gets 90 Stitches After Being Hit With Skate Blade Near Eye [Graphic Video]
On Tuesday, Boychuk left the game in the third period after a skate hit what he said felt like his eye. The Islanders’ president and general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters on Wednesday that Boychuk was fine but had to get 90 stitches as a result of the incident. Lamoriello explained that a plastic surgeon was able to fix him up, and though the number stitches seemed like a lot, they were not big stitches, rather tiny.
“There’s been no damage to his eye,” Lamoriello said. “He felt the skate blade hit his eye, but fortunately just got the eyelid.”
The Montreal player tripped and fell in front of the goal, lifted his right skate to graze the side of Boychuk’s face near his eye. Boychuk immediately dropped his stick and fell to the ice. He then grabbed his eye and staged in pain. He stood up on his own seconds later and skated off the ice and out the ring to sprint down the tunnel.
Warning: Graphic Video!
Johnny Boychuk rushes off the ice after taking Artturi Lehkonen’s skate to the face. Very scary. pic.twitter.com/NwpIQAzznP
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 4, 2020
On Wednesday, Boychuk tweeted about the incident and thanked fans for their support.
Thank you to everyone for the positive messages and thoughts! I am extremely grateful. Please know they did not go unheard. Luckily for me the skate only cut my eyelid. Sorry for the late response…facial recognition wasn’t working… thank you again my friends. Johnny B
— Johnny Boychuk (@joboych) March 4, 2020
The 13-year veteran has played 63 games for the Islanders this year and scored 11 points. There is not a set time when Boychuk will return to the ice.
The Islanders would go on to lose their game to Montreal, 6-2.
Back in February, there were two incidents of NHL players who suffered skate-related injuries. One of them is a teammate of Boychuk. Islanders forward Casey Cizikas got cut on his leg with a skate against the Flyers. Cizikas was ruled out 3-4 weeks with a leg laceration. The other injury happened to Detroit Red Wings forward Brendan Perlini who took a skate to the right side to his face.