Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh has a reputation as one of the toughest enforcers in hockey, but even he can be toppled with a shot to the groin. McDonagh was sent tumbling to the ice in Tampa Bay's game against San Jose Sharks Sunday, as Sharks wing Kevin Labanc's shot unfortunately made contact with a sensitive area. McDonagh somehow stayed in the game, and Tampa Bay beat San Jose 3-0.
He almost definitely needed an ice bath after that game, though.
I don't care how tough you think you are. Getting hit with a hockey puck moving that fast in THAT area is going to send you crumbling to the ground. The fact that McDonagh was not only able to make it out of the arena under his own power, but that he continued to play really speaks volumes about the type of competitor he is.
McDonagh is an old-school tough guy type that will soldier on through unimaginable pain, but he'd be lying if he said that this one hurt him more than your average injury.