The Tampa Bay Lightning realized their worst fears today when star centre Steven Stamkos slid violently into his own goal post against the Boston Bruins. The Bolts’ star was unable to stand on his own power – he left the ice on a stretcher. It has been confirmed by the team that number 91 will miss the next 3-6 months with a broken tibia bone in his right leg.
The injury was first unofficially reported by TSN‘s Aaron Ward:
Source, Steven Stamkos has broken tibia. Told will require surgery. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@TSNAaronWard) November 11, 2013
Approximately forty-five minutes later, several beat writers for the Lightning confirmed Ward’s tweet:
Lightning confirms Stamkos has a broken right tibia and is out indefinitely. No mention of surgery.
— Damian Cristodero (@DCristodero) November 11, 2013
#tblightning confirm a broken right tibia, out indefinitely on Stamkos injury
— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) November 11, 2013
Stamkos will require surgery on the broken right leg:
Steven Stamkos to undergo surgery on broken tibia tomorrow morning. Full release & statement from GM Steve Yzerman: http://t.co/a6XBo2n2UR
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 11, 2013
What this means for the Lightning:
Stamkos’s injury is a massive loss for the Tampa Bay Lightning who are off to an incredible start this season. With 24 points the Bolts occupy top spot in the competitive Atlantic Division after nearly a month and a half of hockey.
With the win, the Bruins inch within 1-point of the Bolts for top spot in the division. The loss was bad but the injury to Stamkos is much more significant in the grand scheme of things. The Markham native currently leads the NHL in points; his long-term departure from the lineup will severely hinder the team’s ability to score goals and win games.
What this means for Team Canada:
Other than Stamkos and his immediate family and friends, perhaps no one feels more pain over his injury than Lightning GM Steve Yzerman who is also in charge of selecting Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Canada’s depth is often praised, however, Stammer’s unique skill-set and ability to score goals at an un-comparable pace will not be replaced easily, if at all.
Over the last five seasons no one has scored at Stamkos’ clip. In that time he has found the back of the net 222 times to lead all players. Stamkos goal scoring leader since 2008-09 stat courtesy of ESPN.
While the injury certainly opens the door for talented Canadians to step in, there is no denying the magnitude of the loss.
What this means for fantasy hockey pool managers everywhere:
A lot of swearing, screaming, crying, and the occasional throwing of objects occurred today when fantasy hockey team owners found out about the awful injury to Steven Stamkos.
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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News puts the Stamkos injury into perspective:
The measure of an athlete is the number of holes his absence creates. Stamkos' absence hurts his team, his league, his country & his sport.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) November 11, 2013
Steven Stamkos thanked all his well-wishers for the support, and promised he will be back on the ice “as soon as possible !!”
Thanks to all my family, friends, and fans for all the well wishes! I will be back as soon as possible !!
— Steven Stamkos (@RealStamkos91) November 11, 2013