NHL Player Explaining How A Gruesome Finger Injury Led To Him Playing With Bloodshot Eyes Proves They’re Built Differently

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  • Jeff Petry explained how a freak injury resulted in him playing with bloodshot eyes during the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • The Montreal Canadiens defenseman says he managed to pop the blood vessels in his eyes after passing out from the pain when trainers attempted to put his broken finger back in place
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There will likely never be a consensus when it comes to the debate over which sport is home to the toughest athletes. However, I don’t know how anyone could possibly argue hockey players don’t deserve to be near the very top of that list.

NHL players have an impressive ability to play through a plethora of injuries during the regular season, but they almost ascend to another plane of tolerance whenever the Stanley Cup Playoffs roll around—like the time Greg Campell had his leg broken when he blocked a shot on the penalty kill and somehow managed to finish his shift.

Now, we have more proof that hockey players are simply built differently courtesy of Montreal Canadien’s defensemen Jeff Petry, who fell victim to a freak accident during the team’s series against the Winnipeg Jets when his fingers got lodged in the hole in the glass used by rinkside photographers.

Petry was sidelined for what was described as an “upper-body injury” before making his grand return to the ice when the Habs faced off against the Golden Knights in the semifinal round, where he was sporting some seriously bloodshot eyes.

After his appearance went viral, his wife claimed he was actually doing pretty damn good compared to how he looked the previous week.

It was initially unclear exactly how the issue was related to the hand injury, but on Friday, Petry revealed he ruptured the blood vessels in his eyes after passing out from the pain when trainers were treating the pinky finger he broke after getting his hand snagged.

Hockey players are truly a different breed.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.