Badly cut Blackhawks fan toughs it out from her seat
Chicago Blackhawks fan Alexis Bovard receives medical attention after being hit by a pane of glass Friday at the United Center. (Screengrab)
Chicago Blackhawks fans – ah, heck, hockey fans – can be a tough bunch, just like the guys on the ice.
Take Blackhawks supporter Alexis Bovard as an example of that toughness.
When Edmonton Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot slammed Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson into the boards during the first period of Friday’s game at the United Center, a pane of glass was dislodged and slammed hard into Bovard’s forehead.
Despite being cut pretty badly by the glass, Bovard remained glued in her rinkside seat for the rest of the game. She got some on-the-spot medical attention and had her head wrapped in bandages for the duration – nothing was going to spoil her first NHL game.
“I’m just bummed it happened so early (in the game),” Bovard told Sportsnet during the TV broadcast.
It’s quite a first game. First NHL game. First Blackhawks game.
“If I even remember correctly, I was watching the game and you know the big hits come to the glass and the next thing I know the glass is on my head and blood is everywhere and people are all around me and I make it up the stairs and hear all these applause, which was nice to hear.”
Bovard needed stitches to close the gash but, hey, that could wait until the intermission. Just like the players, she had the medical work done at the arena.
Bovard even had the wherewithal to joke about where she would sit for her next NHL game – the cheap seats, otherwise known as the nosebleed section.
“I’d rather have my nose bleeding than my head bleeding,” she said.
In a fortunate twist, Bovard was wearing her red Blackhawks jersey, not the white version.