New details on Columbus’s Nick Blankenburg’s injury proves hockey players are a different breed

Hockey players are a different breed. It’s an old saying, but it’s still so true. At the moment, the World Cup of soccer is played in Qatar, and if you love hockey, you probably won’t like it. Embellishment is way more regular in soccer, and players are on the ground more often than they’re running.

COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 24: Elvis Merzlikins #90 celebrates with Nick Blankenburg #77 of the Columbus Blue Jackets after a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena on April 24, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Well, thank God for hockey and for players who still fight through the pain, who still does everything to win, and who never back down.

There are many examples of hockey players playing through pain and being true warriors. Now add Nick Blankenburg to that list.

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The defenseman signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the summer as a free agent out of NCAA Michigan.
He’s not expected to play more this year, and the reason is nothing but breathtaking.

Per Elliotte Friedman’s 32 Thoughts, Blankenburg has a broken ankle, but that didn’t stop him from playing through a game to help his team.

”He played several shifts on the broken ankle he suffered during the Blue Jackets’ 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Nov. 10. He scored an empty-netter, too. Blankenburg stayed in the game because Columbus was down to four healthy defensemen,” he wrote.

Nick Blankenburg has recorded three points in seven games this season.

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