Hockey Warnings

I recently purchased tickets to a concert. And on the printout sheet that I am to use as my tickets, there’s the following warning for hockey games:

“Warning! Despite enhanced spectator shielding measures, pucks still may fly into the spectator area. Serious injury can occur. Stay alert at all times including during warmup and after play stops. If struck, immediately ask usher for directions to medical station.”

I don’t know about you, but if I get hit by a flying puck, I’m not waiting for anything before screaming blue bloody murder at anyone in the general vicinity.

On the other hand, if a puck just flew off the ice and into the stands during a game, the odds are fairly good that play just stopped…


4 Responses to “Hockey Warnings”

  1. Peter
    29. April 2003 at 16:01

    Here is an interesting (depending on who you are) hockey incident. Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) was training for a celebrity hockey game when he got hit in the face with a puck. 30 stitches and 5 teeth lost. Read about it here

    I’d take those warnings pretty seriously.


  2. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    29. April 2003 at 16:17

    Yeah, I’ve got no problems with the warnings. But if I got hit in the face with a puck, I’m not going to sit there politely with blood gushing forth until I’m sure play has stopped and then look around for an usher to call for help.

    I’ve only ever been to one hockey game in my life, and I was high enough up that it wasn’t a real concern. I would never play it, though. You’re supposed to throw your body in front of a puck doing 100 MPH off some guy’s stick so it doesn’t go in the net? Hell, no. You have to be mad.


  3. John
    30. April 2003 at 10:03

    I don’t know, Goalie is the only position I WOULD play – if hard rubber discs are going to be flying around at 100 mph, I want to be encased in padding.

  4. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    30. April 2003 at 10:07

    Forget the goalie for a moment. Think of the othe defensive guys who willingly will throw themselves at the puck. Or, think of the offensive guys who stand in front of the goalie to distract him and HOPE to deflect the puck into the goal.

    I agree with you on the goalie part. But he’s not the only one throwing his body in front of the pucks.

    Heck, I wouldn’t want to be a guy in a black and white striped shirt on the ice for that matter, either.