Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is a tough kid.
The 19-year-old rookie suffered an awful-looking eye injury early in his team’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Sunday night.
The injury was the result of taking a puck to the face. He posted a photo of the damage after the game.
Werenski returned to the ice with a full shield after suffering the injury and logged 19:08 of ice time. He also scored a power-play goal in the first period.
Hockey players have rightly earned a reputation for being some of the toughest athletes in sports, and Werenski’s perseverance at Nationwide Arena in Columbus was further proof of this theory.
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