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The Gruesome Reality of Hockey: Matt Duchene Loses Part of His Finger in Injury

We now have more details about the severity of Nashville Predators forward Matt Duchene’s injury, but be warned: this is not for the faint of heart.

On Sunday, National Hockey League analyst Darren Peng revealed that Duchene had lost a portion of his finger after being hit by a slap shot. Dante Fabbro, a Predators teammate, fired the slap shot during the second period of the Predators’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs last Sunday. Duchene immediately jumped up in pain and rushed off the ice, strangely holding his hand up; we now know the reason was that the tip of his finger was literally missing.

Here’s a closer look at the shot that hit his hand:

And here’s Duchene leaving the ice with his hand out:

According to Peng’s comments on Sunday, Duchene was heard saying that when he removed his hand from the glove, the tip of his finger was still inside, which must have been a terrifying experience for Duchene.

I can only hope that Duchene recovers completely and quickly.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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