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Eric Belanger: 'I felt my teeth shatter right away'

(Dushan Milic for the Globe and Mail)

In case you missed it this weekend, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail wrote a delightful (if you're into horrific mouth injuries) piece on NHL players and their many dental issues. Featured is Caps center Eric Belanger and his recent teeth-shattering incident, which we covered extensively (too extensively?). Here's even more, if you can stomach it:

Perhaps the busiest dentist in recent years has been the Washington Capitals' Thomas Lenz, who helped repair former captain Chris Clark's broken palate bone in 2006 - "it was basically sitting in the back of his throat when I got to him" - in one of the more horrific dental injuries.
When Belanger took a stick to the mouth in Game 5 of the first round, he performed a little self-dentistry on the bench by fishing a broken tooth from his mouth. It's already become one of the enduring images of these playoffs, replayed over and over on the Internet and television.
Belanger was not wearing a mouthguard and Bergeron's stick - a composite model wrapped in Kevlar to make it more durable - tore a labial frenulum (a muscle attachment) inside his mouth.
"I felt my teeth shatter right away," he said. "I knew I was in trouble."

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 17, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
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My bro in law played pro hockey and he said that the mouth guards are there mainly to protect against your bottom jaw slamming into your upper jaw and causing a concussion when you are hit or fall to the ice. He said that wearing a mouth guard can result in the loss of more teeth than if you werent wearing it because it spreads the impact over a wide area.

Posted by: griz0615 | May 17, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse


Such a charming image for after-lunch viewing. Ugh. Poor Belanger (and anyone else who's had a tooth knocked out, let alone EIGHT!) Yeowtch.

Posted by: irockthered | May 17, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

hmm. And we want people to jam the net when someone unleashes a howitzer from the point??

Posted by: RedLitYogi | May 17, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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