Ask any guy what the worst pain in the world is and he’ll tell you – it’s getting hit in the genitals. It’s hard to describe – it’s something you need to feel in order to really understand. Unfortunately, most guys at one point or another in their lives will experience that sensation.
Last night was Edmonton Oilers centre Matt Hendricks‘s turn to experience that – except he got it worse than most people ever will. The Oilers were taking on the Dallas Stars. While on the penalty kill about 3/4 through the 2nd period, Hendricks blocked a shot in a place where nobody ever wants to block a shot.
Not only do you hear the commentator groan at the moment of impact, but the whole arena shares a collective cringe. And seeing him collapse on his way down the hall… I couldn’t imagine.
According to Deadspin, a feller named John who was at the game had this to say: “I thought he had a broken leg at first but after seeing the replay it was way worse than I initially thought.”
Sounds about right. But it could have definitely been worse for Hendricks, had he not been wearing an athletic supporter.
— Matt Hendricks (@MattHendy26) January 22, 2016
Jockstraps are essential pieces of equipment for hockey players, and there are at least a few instances on record of them coming in real handy for players.
Like how about this October 15, 2005 game in which Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov took a puck in “the meaty part.” The commentary makes this clip incredible.
“Well, that bone is not connected to the thigh bone.”
Let’s go back a little further in time, to exactly 20 years ago today – January 22, 1996. The Ottawa Senators were hosting the Chicago Blackhawks, and Sens defenceman Sean Hill blocked a shot with what commentators first thought was his knee, but upon viewing the replay, realized it was “not his knee, but his… wee-knee.”
“There goes his broadcasting career. His voice just went up about four octaves.”
Anyway, getting back to the original game – Dallas ended up beating Edmonton 2-0 last night, which makes Hendricks’s sacrifice hurt just that much more.