Here’s your latest reminder that professional hockey players are a different breed.
Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron showed up to his locker for his postgame media scrum with five fresh stitches in his right ear, thanks to taking a second cheap shot in three games on Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bergeron took a crosscheck up high from the Jackets’ Lane Pederson, which caused Bergeron’s own stick to snap back and cut his ear open at the base of where it connects to the side of his head.
Most mortal humans would probably need to take the rest of the night to rest after that. Some aspirin, perhaps. But not Bergeron. The captain got stitched up and kept playing. Channeled his inner Mick Foley. Pretty standard NHL stuff, but always a sight to behold when you see it up close.