Valimaki taking the slapper on the face. Brutal. Bounces up and heads straight for the room. Hockey players are just built different. pic.twitter.com/0d3s2nKxRz
– Bass Pigskin Journal (@mdspwt) November 15, 2023
During the game, Juuso Valimaki blocked a shot with his face and had to leave for his team’s dressing room.
The Coyotes defenseman was taken to hospital for treatment… And therein lies the problem, because Valimaki had to wait “hours” for treatment.
According to Frank Seravalli, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are currently investigating the matter.
According to Seravalli, Valimaki was dropped off at the emergency room and left to fend for himself with his wife, who had followed the team on the road to Dallas.
After an initial observation, the medical staff at the Dallas hospital told Valimaki to find himself a hotel in the area and come back the next morning, because the doctors’ attention was focused on patients with critical injuries.
With a bloodied face, a hole in his mouth and significant internal bleeding, Valimaki was unable to function, sources told Daily Faceoff. – Frank Seravalli
Sources: NHL and NHLPA investigating a gap in protocol that led to #Yotes defenseman Juuso Valimaki lingering without care for hours in a Dallas hospital, after a severe facial injury that ultimately required 55 stitches to stop internal bleeding.
– Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 15, 2023
Some will say that this is normal, because hockey players shouldn’t be privileged above the rest of the population…
But that’s not the point. Valimaki needed immediate help, and had he followed the hospital’s advice, he could have died:
Doctors later told the Coyotes player that if he had returned to a hotel and slept as the staff members told him to at the base, he could have asphyxiated on his own blood. – Frank Seravalli
It’s scary, honestly. And Juuso Valimaki can practically consider himself lucky to be alive today.
That’s putting it mildly. Details of the case will be interesting to follow in the coming days.
Everyone with more goals than Alex Ovechkin this season:
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) December 15, 2023
– That’s it.
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) December 15, 2023
– Max Pacioretty is nearing a return to action.
Max Pacioretty is ramping up and is starting to take contact, Evgeny Kuznetsov is questionable but skated and more Capitals news and notes in the THN notebook:https://t.co/yQqQT5XPRj
– Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) December 15, 2023