Hockey players are some of the toughest dudes on the planet, which is why they rarely ever make our ever-growing list of weird injuries that we have featured on LBS over the years. However, Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux recently had a golf course mishap that we like to hope is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
Giroux was golfing in Ottawa on Thursday when he broke a club during a swing. He suffered a bad cut and some tendon damage.
“It was just a freak thing,” Giroux told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I was taking a swing and my club hit a little behind the ball. The shaft of the club shattered, but my hand kept going on the swing and the shattered part went right into my finger.”
Giroux also told the paper that there was “blood everywhere” after it happened. There were no broken bones, but Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Giroux will require surgery because of the tendon damage and is expected to miss 5-6 weeks. Fortunately, that should give the 25-year-old plenty of time to recover before the season begins.
We have seen football players suffer bad injuries while playing basketball and MLB pitchers go down while playing with their kids, but the golf course has always seemed like a safe escape. Apparently that is not always the case.