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NHL Star Taylor Hall

GNARLIEST Hockey Injury Ever

Revealed in Photo

1/19/2012 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Hall head scarNHL superstar Taylor Hall is lucky to be alive after an ice skate ripped his skull open -- and his team just tweeted the first photo of the nasty ... NASTY aftermath.

The Edmonton Oilers star forward suffered a Frankenstein-like gash Tuesday night when he fell during warmups, and collided with a teammate who couldn't avoid slamming his skate on Hall's head. He needed 30 stitches to stop the bleeding!

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Hall -- who's been out of the lineup since the injury -- was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. NHL players are required to wear helmets during games, but not warmups.

The Oilers are now advising their players to wear helmets -- while other teams are making it mandatory.

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1.

James R. - Los Angeles    

Get well soon Taylor.

819 days ago
2.

I am Spartacus    

i'm surprised you don't see more stories about guys getting cut by the blades on the skates. It hurts me just looking at it, he's lucky to be alive. Hopefully he can recover.

819 days ago
3.

Jen    

Chicks dig scars! ;-)

819 days ago
4.

Cognizant _illiberal    

hahahahahahha whites playing sports, leave the sports to us it is our reperations

819 days ago
5.

Rome    

thirty stitches! must have not seen a plastic surgeon I had about 70 for a 5 inch cut

819 days ago
6.

lalaland    

Ah, jeez, guys. I JUST ate lunch, man.

819 days ago
7.

Criss    

Damn!

819 days ago
8.

TheHonestBitch    

That's hockey for you. Darryl Boyce's nose was a more disturbing picture and he didn't miss a single game

819 days ago
9.

Jay W.     

Damn man... helluva injury.

819 days ago
10.

Oilogosphere.com    

I don't think that is the gnarliest ever revealed in photo; but definitely a brutal image nonetheless.

Pretty sweet TMZ is covering something a little cooler than their typical celebrity nonsense.

What about Borje Salming (see image) http://postmediaedmonton.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/image32.png - now that is a nasty hockey laceration.

819 days ago
11.

Dan    

Apparently TMZ never saw the one where a guy got his throat sliced opened and was bleeding all over the ice. Can't remember what his name was, but that was truly "gnarly".

819 days ago
12.

yeah, I'm way out of line.    

So he has a nasty gash on his face. Big deal. I had my face in some nasty gash a little while ago.

819 days ago
13.

Alex Rene    

BEAST!!

819 days ago
14.

Tim    

Oh, I beg to differ. Borje Salming in 1986. 250 stiches! Google image it.

819 days ago
15.

Straight Talkin Texan    

Those skate blades are serious! I used to compete in figure skating, and one time as I was coming out of a spin, another skater skated backwards into me. I accidentally sliced open her calf muscle almost all the way down to the bone. Awful!!!

819 days ago
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