Caps Fan Hit in Head By Puck Watches Comeback Win Before Going to Hospital
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— Tricia Drummond (@TriciaDrummond) December 16, 2013
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Hockey players are known for their toughness, but a Washington Capitals fan showed that hockey fans have a high tolerance for pain, too.
Tricia Drummond was sitting in her seats near the visiting Philadelphia Flyers’ bench during the third period of Sunday’s game at the Verizon when a puck flew over the glass and smacked into her forehead. The high-flying puck knocked Drummond to the ground unconscious and sent blood pouring onto her Alex Ovechkin jersey.
When she came to, staff took Drummond to the medical room in the Verizon Center and told her she would need stitches to patch up a large gash above her right eye. Seconds later, Ovechkin scored to tie the game at 4-4 and Drummond said her hospital visit would have to wait.
She returned to her seat with her head wrapped in gauze just in time to watch the Caps complete the comeback with a shootout win.
After the win, Drummond went to George Washington University Medical Center and received five stitches to her head.
“Two hours later, my head was bumpin’,” Drummond told Yahoo! Sports. “It looked way worse than I thought it would.”
Drummond told Yahoo! that she’s played hockey since she was 8 years old and made the drive from Williamsburg, Va., on Sunday to watch her favorite team play a rivalry game against the Flyers.
“My worst hockey injury, and I was a spectator. Go figure,” Drummond said.