Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mama knows best

The Edmonton Oilers will be quite happy if Taylor Hall takes the advice of his mama and wears a helmet in pre game warm ups from now on.

Hall, was injured in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday night, when he stumbled on the ice and collided with team mate Ladislav Smid, then was cut by an errant skate of Corey Potter, who trying to avoid the pile jumped but didn't clear Hall's head, leaving a gash on his forehead requiring 30 stitches and removing him from the line up from Tuesday's game and perhaps for longer.


The crash on the ice looked like the slow motion version of one of those pile ups you see when speed skaters don't make a turn or those crazy loons of the Crushed Ice series collide on their downhill stretch, without the benefit of a helmet however, the incident was one of great danger for Hall and no doubt left the Oilers with some things to think about.

At one point the twitter universe was alive with reports that the injury was so severe that Hall's season was over, something he was quick to debunk, the Oilers however have yet to announce when he will be able to return to the ice.

There's no real policy in place regarding pre game skates, some teams insist on helmets for their players, others leave it up to the individual player to make that decision, with Hall's near miss, one imagines that more and more teams are going to be reinforcing the safety first policy for before the game.

Though, it seems that there is some push back from current and former players when it comes to helmets in the pre game skate.

Edmonton Sun-- Oilers Hall a scratch after cut
Edmonton Sun--- Oilers helmet policy under review in wake of bloodletting
Edmonton Sun-- Oilers fall without Hall
Edmonton Journal-- Hall 'counting his lucky stars', says his mother
Edmonton Journal-- Edmonton loses Hall, two-goal lead in Columbus
National Post-- Oilers lose to Blue Jackets after Taylor Hall injured in warmup
National Post-- Taylor Hall will wear helmet in Oilers' warm-ups after injury, mon says
Globe and Mail-- Oilers coach says Taylor Hall 'doubtful' for Thursday's game
Globe and Mail-- Oilers' Taylor Hall misses game after cut by teammate's skate in warm up
Sportsnet-- Mom I look like Frankenstein: Hall
TSN-- Oilers Hall cut above eye for 30 stitches,; misses game
TSN-- Your Call: Should Players wear helmets at all times?

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