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Caps fan bloodied by flying puck

Net or no net, pucks still fly into the stands at NHL arenas. And they go fast, and hit hard.

I wasn't at Sunday's Caps-Flyers game, but a puck went unusually high into Section 104 during the second period, and the result is below. Viewer discretion advised.

Cheryl Nichols of Capitals News Network, who has kindly provided me with many beautiful Caps photos in recent months, reported that paramedics and arena staffers came to attend to this fan, who walked out of the arena after several minutes. The nearby sections gave him a standing ovation and he smiled and waved. If anyone knows how to get in touch with this fan, I'd love to see how he's doing.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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Being a hockey fan... I bet he returned for the 3rd period.

- Fellow Section 104er

Posted by: dsphvywght | January 19, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

another benefit of wearing red to a caps game - no unsightly bloodstains.

Posted by: stairs | January 19, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

This happens, folks. There's a reason why the warning about flying pucks is still stated before every NHL game - because the danger is very real. A puck is a frozen chunk of vulcanized rubber, and when hit by a slapshot can clock upwards of 100 mph. It's one of those things you live with.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 19, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that is a scary looking man.

Posted by: elpando | January 19, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Being behind the goal, even on an angle such as 104, gives you a false sense of security because of the net. A puck went up into the club level a couple weeks ago, and you never expect it there. At least this guy seemed to have a good nature about it (once the semi-concussion wore off).

Sure gives new meaning to rocking the red!

Posted by: Section104 | January 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that's the guy that played the un-masked Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | January 19, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know Ernest Borgnine was a Caps fan!

Posted by: TimTheEnchanter | January 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Mike O'Meara's starting to look old :)

Posted by: alex35332 | January 19, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that's the guy that played the un-masked Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi.

Posted by: TheFunBunch | January 19, 2010 1:10 PM

haha, thank you for that.

Posted by: saltine182 | January 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Give that fan a seat in the owner's box! Or behind Capstronaut!

Steve in Jersey

Posted by: sjshanno | January 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Very patriotic.

Hand him a piccolo and march him next to a couple of drummers in their best revolutionary attire and you just might have something

Posted by: austinsteve | January 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Steinz, I think (don't know for sure) he and his wife are STHs, so it may be worth doing a walk-by tonight, assuming you're still going.

Posted by: Section117 | January 19, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

nice plastering of her name all over the blurry photos =)

Posted by: BoomerTSFX | January 20, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The puck hit the short glass in front of 102. We couldn't figure out how it got to 104 -- it's not like it was a high shot over the net. It hit the short glass about 6 inches from the top and about 2 feet from the tall glass and had some serious English on it to make the turn up to 104. I really want to see a replay, but I don't record the games. He was pretty excited about the ovation.

Posted by: DCRhino | January 21, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Any update on this guy???

Posted by: Jimothy12 | January 25, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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