Perhaps the NHL’s second-most bizarre injury took place last night in Columbus — we all know the most-bizarre injury, and the food it involved — when Edmonton’s Taylor Hall slipped during pregame warmups and had his head cut open by the skate of teammate Corey Potter. The injury took place because Hall was not wearing a helmet in warmups.
It’s worth noting that, of late, almost all of the Kings have not been wearing helmets in warmups. I believe Dustin Brown, Andrei Loktionov and Slava Voynov are the only skaters wearing helmets. It’s the players’ choice, whether or not to wear helmets in warmups, and can’t be unilaterally demanded by the NHL. Today, I asked Anze Kopitar if he had any reaction to Hall’s injury
KOPITAR: “I don’t know what to say. Stuff like that, clearly you don’t want it to happen. Guys have got hit by a puck before, coming off a crossbar or coming off a post. It has happened before, but it won’t stop anybody to go with no helmets. I’m sure there’s something that will come out pretty soon, and we’ll talk about it and we’ll go from there.’’
Question: Why did you guys start doing it? Just liked the way it feels?
KOPITAR: “I don’t know what it is. We did it in one game and we won, and now we want to keep it going. That type of stuff. I’m sure that if anything were to happen to anybody in here, we’d wear our helmets pretty quick.’’