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January 17, 2019
Evildoer Golf Cart Dooms Defenseman's Season
by Jim Iovino, Ace Reporter
Word just came down Tuesday night that promising young St. Louis Blues defenseman Erik Johnson is out for the season with a freak knee injury.
How freak was it?
Let's just say that David Blaine wouldn't even attempt such a stunt.
Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, tore two ligaments in his right knee while stepping out of a golf cart during a team outing Sept. 16. Yeah, that's right, stepping out of a golf cart.
Somewhere Brian Leetch is smiling...
This one's a bit of a stretch, so we'll let Blues head honcho John Davidson describe what happened:
"This is a hard one to believe, but it's the God's honest truth," a stunned Davidson told reporters. "He was playing golf and he pulled the golf cart up to where his ball was. And he took his left leg and put it on the ground and the right leg ... he sort of reached back and put it on the brake. A lot of us do it. I do it all the time myself. As he pushed the brake, he missed a little bit, his leg got caught under there and he slipped and that wrenched his knee.
"I don't know if you guys play golf, but I drive with my left leg outside the cart all the time," Davidson continued. "I always push the brake and step out all the time. I'm not going to do it anymore obviously, not that it matters. But for Erik, he's wrenched his knee, there's swelling there. We're not going to speculate on this thing because we don't know. And we're going to have everything hopefully cleared up by Tuesday as to what it is and if there's a length of time or not."
Well, Tuesday came and the news wasn't good. The torn ligaments mean he's out for six to nine months.
I mentioned Leetch earlier for a reason. The former All-Star defenseman makes a lot of weird injury lists because he once broke a bone in his ankle after slipping on some ice while getting out of a taxi.
And Glenn Healy once cut his glove hand while cleaning his bagpipes. So that's what the kids call it these days...
Anyway, the point is that strange injuries do happen. Johnson will hopefully come back from this at full strength next season and continue his progression toward being one of the best defensemen in the league.
Until then, however, the Blues are going to have to hope others step up, or that Alex Pietrangelo, who was their top pick this past draft, is ready for the NHL.
And on a side note, when I was googling for this article I ran across a totally random YouTube video that has nothing to do with Johnson, but I thought I should share. Enjoy.