Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski Takes Puck To Face, Plays Through Gruesome Eye Injury


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.

Thumbnail photo via Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Apr 16, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (8) passes the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

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