Apparently wearing a cup doesn’t always save you from horrifying testicular injuries — just ask Boston Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk.
Last November, the winger suffered a “lower-body injury” which took him away from the ice.
Eight months later we know specifics thanks to WEEI’s D.J. Bean, who detailed Debrusk’s ordeal with a slap shot that somehow hit him in the nuts despite a cup:
“It was the scariest thing, looking down and it’s just like, ‘Oh my god. What’s going to happen?’” DeBrusk said in a conversation with WEEI.com. “You’re 18 years old and you’re thinking to yourself whether you’re ever going to have kids, things like that. I freaked out.”
The report adds that DeBrusk wears his pads loosely, which caused the puck to hit him in the left testicle:
“The only thing I’ll remember about it is just the pain,” he said. “That’s the worst part about the injury, is how much it hurt, because I tried to get up. I went down and I didn’t know what happened, because you don’t feel it in that area. It goes up to your mid-section, so I thought my appendix burst or something, because I couldn’t move. It was an unbelievable feeling. I’ll never forget it. I tried to get up and I had to crawl to the bench. I had to crawl and they were like, ‘Get up, get up.’ I was like, ‘I can’t get up.’”
A not-so-shocking detail — DeBrusk fainted before the procedure.