Florida Panther's Goalie Vokoun Has His Ear Sliced By His Own Teammate

Panthers' Keith Ballard Van Goghs His Own Goaltender

12/1/09 in NHL   |   billywa   |   658 respect

Florida Panthers' defenseman Keith Ballard wasn't real happy about allowing Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk to skate in on goal and stuff in his own rebound for a goal.  So he did what so many NHL players do after allowing a goal, and smashed his stick over the crossbar.  One problem: Ballard managed to clip his own goalie, Tomas Vokoun, in the ear with his stick, sending Vokoun out of the game on a stretcher with what fortunately turned out to be merely a lacerated ear.

Ballard was, understandably, upset about the incident, and had to be coaxed back out of the locker room by several teammates.  He didn't speak to the press after the game.

Though Vokoun will be OK, one hopes Ballard will be able to move on as well after a very stupid mistake.  The only upside is, it could have been a lot worse, and hopefully plenty of NHLers will now think twice about taking out their frustrations on or around the crease.


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5/4/11   |   tea11497   |   8 respect

 This is sad.  That guy either has mental problems or needs to grow up

12/2/09   |   bulls5   |   787 respect

That is so stupid. He should be suspended for 15 games.

12/1/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
You're stretching it a little, Matt - but I'll let you have that one.

Well when you deal with Impressionist comedy it can get a little fuzzy.

12/1/09   |   tpamotormouth   |   54 respect

Someone just lost their bid for the Lady Bing trophy. That looked very, very painful.

12/1/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Boski93 wrote:
So then does that mean Ballard will be Gogan crazy because of this incident.

You're stretching it a little, Matt - but I'll let you have that one.

12/1/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

mk_donley wrote:
Vincent Van Gogh approves.

So then does that mean Ballard will be Gogan crazy because of this incident.

12/1/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Vincent Van Gogh approves.

12/1/09   |   half_baked   |   849 respect

that was totally bizarre...

12/1/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

he is lucky that it was his own teammate because he could be out for some serious time if he had done that against another team's player. 

12/1/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

Will he suspended for this if he did this to the other teams goalie he might have got a year.

12/1/09   |   Flone87   |   6 respect

The Panthers add another jewel in their exciting history...where did I put my rat? 

12/1/09   |   kaido   |   5 respect

That incident shows exactly why Florida Panthers has been a big Joke in this league.

12/1/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Wow, what an idiot. I do some pretty dumb things when I'm frustrated, but at least I know if something I'm throwing or hitting isn't around someone else.

12/1/09   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

kramer wrote:
 Ballard just took a huge lead in the running for Stupidest Play of the Year.

this is a close second to my winner: the grey cup ending. that coach has to know if he has an extra guy out there on the biggest play of the season.

12/1/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

 Ballard just took a huge lead in the running for Stupidest Play of the Year.

12/1/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Man I saw this and was like, are you kidding me? Ballard better buy him a jetpack or something to make up for this. Worst teammate EVAR.