According to a report on NHL.com, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson became the latest hockey player to suffer a food-related injury that will cause him to miss significant time. Mere weeks after Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner hurt himself while eating pancakes, Anderson suffered a laceration on his hand while cooking in his home, and is now out indefinitely. Anderson’s injury is a potentially debilitating one to the Senators, who currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, and are fighting to keep their playoff spot as the NHL enters the stretch run of the season. Without their starting goaltender in Anderson, who is fourth in the NHL with 29 wins and first in the NHL with 1,544 saves, Ottawa may have a tough time keeping their spot in the postseason.
Lacerations are not uncommon in hockey. Stick blades and razor sharp ice skates pose all kinds of cut-causing dangers to hockey players. However, if a player isn’t even safe while cooking, perhaps its time for the NHL to implement some kind of player-food safety program. First Penner, now Anderson, who’s next?
-By lead columnist Arun Morace