Western Royalsâ Darren Langdon is shown in this undated photo. â Star file photo
DEER LAKE No matter which way you slice it, Darren Langdonâs fate could have been much worse.
The 42-year-old winger with the Western Royals was on the receiving end of a nasty gash during Saturday nightâs provincial senior hockey league game against the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts at the Hodder.
âI checked somebody and he went flying, and his skate came up and caught me in the groin and split me open,â Langdon said Monday of the incident that sidelined him for Sundayâs matinee against the Cats.
Langdon, playing on the Royalsâ top scoring unit and averaging a point per game and tied for the league lead in power-play goals with four, didnât get freaked out by the accident. He took it all in stride figuring out immediately he was cut.
âI knew the skate hit me and I said âI bet the skate cut meâ and then I felt my hand and saw the blood,â he said.
He required 16 stitches to close the wound. Royals team doctor Bob Huxter, as always, was on hand for the contest.
âThe doctor was there so I just told him to stitch it up,ââhe said. âIt was a deep cut, but it didnât go down to the arteries or nothing.â
Langdon was a happy camper Monday despite having to watch Sundayâs matinee affair in civilian clothes with injured captain Steve North. The Royals will make the trek to Clarenville this weekend for an important showdown between two teams separated by one point in the standings with the Royals holding the upper hand.
Only four points separate the Royals from the league-leading Cataracts, who will try to get back on track this weekend against the East rival Gander Flyers after the Royals put in a solid effort to grab three out of a possible four points from the top team in the six-team league.
No doubt, Langdon understands the importance of the last weekend of hockey before the Christmas break, but heâs going to be cautious about his injury and doesnât plan on suiting up for either game.
He plans on making the road trip with his teammates.
âIf it was playoffs Iâmay be able to go Friday, but where we got three weeks off Iâll probably rest it because obviously you donât want it to split back open,â he said.
The Royals clash with the Caribous Friday 8 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Clarenville Events Centre.