NHL player has "skull ripped open" after team-mate"s skate slashes forehead

'I thought it was a little cut': NHL player has 'skull ripped open' in horrific accident

An NHL player says he's lucky to be alive and soon possibly back on the ice after a team-mate's ice skate sliced up his head during team practice.

Edmonton Oilers' forward Taylor Hall's crash into a wall Tuesday triggered a multiple collision and a gruesome gash stretching from his left eyebrow to inches above his temple. Accompanying that line was a puffy black eye.

'I didn't feel too much pain. I thought it was just kind of a little cut,' Mr Hall told reporters Thursday after receiving 30 stitches.

Gruesome: Hockey player Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers shows off his new stitches after a teammate's ice skate landed on him during practice

Gruesome: Hockey player Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers shows off his new stitches after a teammate's ice skate landed on him during practice

'I knew right away when the blood was coming out pretty bad that it was serious and I just tried to get into the room as soon as possible and just slow the bleeding down,' he said.

'It doesn't look good that's for sure. I looked a lot better before. What can you do'

Not all of the players were wearing helmets during their practice session which Mr Hall says isn't unusual.

Slide: Mr Hall slid into one of his teammates carrying them both toward a wall during a routine practice session on the ice

Slide: Mr Hall slid into one of his teammates carrying them both toward a wall during a routine practice session on the ice

Collision: The two players launched straight into a third who was looping around the bend catching him off guard and being unable to stop

Collision: The two players launched straight into a third who was looping around the bend catching him off guard and being unable to stop

Sliced: Trying to not fall himself, Mr Hall's teammate accidentally placed one of his skates down on him once in the tangled pile

Sliced: Trying to not fall himself, Mr Hall's teammate accidentally placed one of his skates down on him once in the tangled pile

If anything he says his accident was unlucky for it happening after 'how many guys have not worn a helmet during warmup.'

According to the Calgary Herald, helmets are regulated on a team by team basis.

'We're going to talk about it,' the team's General Manager Steve Tambellini told the Edmonton Sun. 'It was a
bizarre happening, but it was a reminder that, whether practicing,
playing the game or in warmups, things can happen.'

Lucky: Mr Hall says he's lucky it was just a gash to his forehead and he didn't lose his eye

Lucky: Mr Hall says he's lucky it was just a gash to his forehead and he didn't lose his eye

Safety: Helmets are regulated according to a team's choice though the Oiler's general manager says they are now thinking more about their players' safety

Safety: Helmets are regulated according to a team's choice though the Oiler's general manager says they are now thinking more about their players' safety

Mr Hall thanked his immediate medical staff on hand including a plastic surgeon who stitched him right up, leaving him eager to get back on the ice.

While giving his head time to heal before placing a helmet back on it, he says he'll be ready for another game as soon as possible.

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