I think we can all agree that hockey players are tough. You’re not considered a good hockey player if you have a full set of teethe in your mouth. It’s like a badge of honor hockey players wear when they get hurt but still continue to play on. The most recent player to wear this badge was Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Werenski took a puck to the face in the second period, but despite the brutal injury, he returned to the game in the third period.
Let’s see what Twitter had to say about Werenski’s grit.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 17, 2017
Zach Werenski leaves the ice bleeding from his eye as the Penguins score and celebrate. pic.twitter.com/Sph80G8qzl
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) April 16, 2017
— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) April 17, 2017
#CBJ captain Nick Foligno pulled Zach Werenski aside in the room this morning. "I just told him I was proud to be his teammate."
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) April 17, 2017
anyway i can't believe zach werenski is a child who just wanted to have fun playing sports and the pittsburgh penguins broke his whole face
— 🎀 (@stantIers) April 17, 2017
— Tendy Problems® (@Tendyprobs) April 17, 2017
— HockeyNightInCanada (@hockeynight) April 17, 2017
Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski took a puck to the face, returned to the ice later in the game
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 17, 2017
Zach Werenski took a puck to the face, got stitches, and RETURNED TO THE GAME.
Anything for a chance at the Cup. pic.twitter.com/CLZkwoRGig
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 17, 2017
— theScore (@theScore) April 17, 2017
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 17, 2017
@ZachWerenski You'd miss roughly a month or so in any other sport with an injury like this. In hockey? Eh, maybe a shift.
— Matt Moreno (@TheMattMoreno) April 17, 2017
— Matthew Tkachuk (@TKACHUKycheese_) April 17, 2017
Playoff hockey... pic.twitter.com/4GNoLYVECu
— Zach Werenski (@ZachWerenski) April 17, 2017
What heart to come back only one period later after suffering a brutal injury like that. Unfortunately, the injury is going to prevent Werenski from playing any more games in the playoffs. Let's just all hope now for a speedy recovery.