Defenseman John Ludwig certainly didn’t expect such a first-ever NHL game. The Pittsburgh Penguins player was completely distraught over the self-inflicted check.
The 23-year-old Czech wanted to stand out when he appeared at Pittman Arena, against the Dallas Stars. The goalkeeper tried to check on Radek Faksa in the middle of the ice, but it backfired.
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The side of Ludwig’s head seemed to come into contact with his opponent’s helmet and he instantly lost both legs. Unable to stand, Number 7 collapsed and remained on the ground for several seconds.
The Penguins player returned to the locker room for treatment, but had to be supported by his teammates.
“He is still being evaluated at this time. That’s all I can tell you about his condition. It was a scary moment. He seemed to almost pass out on contact. These are terrifying scenes to watch. Head coach Mike Sullivan said in his post-meet press conference: “We hope it is true.”
Ludwig, a third-round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2019, has spent the last three seasons in the American League.
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