Here’s reason #10,000,000,0001 why hockey players are tough as hell …
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tucker Poolman took a puck straight to the mouth Tuesday night … and after bleeding all over the ice — HE RETURNED TO THE GAME!!!
The scene was terrifying … in the second period of the Jets vs. Flames tilt — a Calgary player flipped a wrist shot at the net.
The problem? Poolman put his face in the way to stop the shot … and the 27-year-old took the brunt of the piece of rubber right to the side of the jaw.
Poolman began immediately spewing blood from his mouth … and as he bolted for the locker room with trainers — he left a trail of red spanning about 15 yards!!
Somehow … Pullman was able to shake off the injury — and returned for more action in the third period with a huge cage around his face.
After the game, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Poolman required sutures and has a welt the size of FIVE GOLF BALLS on his face … but said the D-man should be OK going forward.
“We’re lucky to have him,” Maurice said.