Columbus Blue Jackets defender Zach Werenski was determined to finish play-off clash with Pittsburgh Punguins
ICE HOCKEY players have a reputation for being as hard as nails and Zach Werenski certainly fits the bill.
The Columbus Blue Jackets teen took a puck to the face from point-blank range but returned to the ice after getting some stitches.
Werenski, 19, was led from the ice with blood pouring from his nose – and to make matters worse rivals the Pittsburgh Pengiuins scored while he was down.
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He held a towel to his face before going down the tunnel for treatment only to return minutes later with a painful-looking black eye.
His Blue Jackets had raced into a three-goal lead but were pegged back and beaten 5-4 in overtime.
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He was seen cheering on local side Chicago Blackhawks with his retired tennis star wife Ana Ivanovic.
Jose Mourinho allowed Schweinsteiger to end his Red Devils nightmare after being a peripheral figure at Old Trafford this season, and made a move to MLS side Chicago Fire in March.