-- Devante Smith-Pelly
was asked on Tuesday if he now regrets going down to block the haymaker off the stick Finland's Teemu Pulkkinen
in the second period of an eventual 8-1 victory at Rexall Place in Team Canada's opener of the 2012 World Junior Championship.
As you might expect, he doesn't. In fact, he'd do it again if he could turn back the clock.
"I don't regret it," Smith-Pelly, who was aided by crutches and a walking boot on his left foot, told the media. "You never know what could have happened on that shot. The game was close at that point. Who knows what would have happened if it went in. I don't regret blocking it at all. That's a part of my game and injuries happen."
To his credit, even after the puck broke the bone in his left foot, he made an attempt to stay on the ice. The pain, however, was just too excruciating.