Matt Calvert had no time to think about what was coming next as a slapshot left the stick of New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden. He now carries a permanent reminder of that play, and the stories that accompany it.
ESPN The Magazine recently featured the Blue Jackets forward and the stories of other NHL players who wear scars from their hockey careers.
"By then, our head athletic trainer was there and he gave me a towel and said, 'You've got quite a gash on your forehead, put the towel on it and don't take it off.' For me, the only big fear was my eye. I mean, another inch down and it could have been, would have been, my eye. Our trainer urged me to stay down longer, but you know it's ingrained in us from day one in hockey that you never lay down on the ice unless you absolutely have to..."
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