By The Beacon
There is nothing graceful about shot blocking. You lay your body out in front of people who can launch pucks between 85 and 100 mph. But it is all done for the benefit of the team. Unfortunately the puck doesn’t always hit players where they expect them to. Even worse, sometimes they get hit when they shouldn’t be hit or aren’t expecting to be hit. It is a price you pay for sacrificing your body for your team.
This happens on a regular basis in hockey games. Dubnyk got hit in the nether regions last week, Girardi blocked a shot with his calf when trying to block a shot, Zuccarello got hit in the back of the head, etc. There are plenty of instances. Getting hit in the head/face and the testicles are the worst spots to ever get hit whether you expect it or not, but hockey players get hit plenty of other places more often than not.
These are the next 3 worst spots to get hit with a shot.
1) Top of the foot/ankle
One normally gets hit here when attempting to block a shot. It fucking blows. You challenge the shooter expecting the shot to be high enough to be above the skate, but then either you are too close or the shooter had great control of the shot. You realize pretty quickly that you are screwed and then it hits you right in the laces or just below your shinny. Takes a solid 5 minutes before you can skate normal again if your foot or ankle isn’t broken. The inside of the foot is just as bad.
2) Inside of the knee
Next worst spot when trying to block a shot. You try and get set for the shot, shot is high enough to hit the shin guard, but the angle of the shot or through poor timing, hits you right on the inside of the knee. Nothing left to do after that than collapse on the ice and try to get up as quick as you can to not look like too much of a pussy.
This usually comes from unexpected shots, or when defensemen shoot high like assholes. Yeah you have a chest protector (unless you are playing in men’s league). But this shot will still knock the wind out of you. It will sting, but the inability to breathe is the worst part. Nothing like a puck inflicted asthma attack to make you drop to the ice like 5 year old on the ice for the first time.