I saw the puck that hit Matthew Gordon Saturday night. I saw him skate over to the locker room for some stitches. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary for a hockey game. Facial cuts are common ... but the damage that puck did was definitely uncommon. The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that Steve Cobb says the injury could be career threatening. The article doesn't detail the extent of the injury but the commenter who alerted me to this in the previous post mentioned retinal damage. Wow. That's a shock.
Writing about a potentially career ending injury isn't something I have much experience with. Thank god they don't happen very often. Matthew's only outing was evidence to me that he could do well at this level. He played well and looked confident. I guess its only left to hope that the surgery to repair the damage leaves Matthew without any deficits in his permanent sight. Whether he plays hockey again or not. Best wishes to Matthew and his family. This has got to be a difficult time for them.