It’s common for hockey players to use a soccer ball off the ice to warm up before games. It’s a good way to get your legs going and have some fun with your teammates and work on communicating. Unfortunately for Gustav Nyquist, his teammate Damien Brunner never told him he was going to be throwing the ball directly at his junk. The routine must have worked though because the Detroit Red Wings went on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 and took a 2-1 series lead.
Brunner took to Twitter after the game to apologize, but didn’t seem to feel too sorry about it, the blank squares are iPhone emojis of a face laughing until it cries.