Terrifying moment when NHL linesman's head slams onto the ice after collision


Oilers forward Connor McDavid was skating along the boards early in the first period Tuesday night in Edmonton when he collided with Blue Jackets defenseman Zachary Werenski.

The bump sent the young superstar sliding into the legs of linesman Steve Barton.

Barton toppled over McDavid and his head hit the ice.

Rogers Place arena grew quiet as the linesman lay motionless.

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“Oh boy. That’s hurt right there,” said the analyst on the Sportsnet broadcast. “Watch Steve’s head hit the ice. He can’t protect himself. Bang. That’s a neck and head — that’s ugly right there. You can see right away that he’s in some major league pain.”

The 46-year-old Barton was carried off the ice on a stretcher — giving a thumbs up on the way — and taken to a local hospital.

Fans were relieved to hear that the linesman was soon moving all of his extremities.

Barton spent the night in the hospital as he underwent tests. Thankfully, those came back negative, and he was able to return home Wednesday.

Barton thanked all of those who helped him, including first responders, NHL trainers and hospital staff.

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Vaughan Rody worked as the lone linesman for the rest of the game, which Columbus won 7-3. Thomas Vanek had three goals and an assist for the Blue Jackets.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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