Andre Deveaux of the San Antonio Rampage took a high stick to the face at 5:27 of the second period in Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Stars. Unfortunately for him, things only got worse when he was down on the ice. His teammate Nolan Yonkman fell on top of him and stepped on his face, opening a massive gash.
Deveaux lay on the ice, bleeding profusely from a gash on his head and left a long trail of blood across the ice as he was immediately taken to the locker room to be attended by arena medical staff. Initial replays of the incident appeared to show that Petersen had caught Deveaux with a high stick — but a closer look revealed a much different reason for the injury.
No penalty was called on the play, although the San Antonio announcers refused to initially accept that Deveaux had been cut by a skate blade and called for a four-minute minor on Petersen. The cut was definitely from the skate, as Deveaux was sent to the hospital to repair the cut he received.
The game was delayed for 15-minutes to clean up the ice. According to the Puck Daddy Blog:
Deveaux was released from the hospital on Tuesday night and rode on the bus with his team back home. He received 50 stitches along his cheekbone.
I hope Yonkman gets Deveaux a gift as an apology for that. Sure he didn’t do it on purpose, but Deveaux had to be in some serious discomfort after this terrible incident.