Langdon taking cautious approach after being cut with skate

Dave Kearsey
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Western Royals’ Darren Langdon is shown in this undated photo. — Star file photo

DEER LAKE  No matter which way you slice it, Darren Langdon’s 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 night’s provincial senior hockey league game against the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts at the Hodder.

“I checked somebody and he went flying, and his skate came up and caught me in the groin and split me open,” Langdon said Monday of the incident that sidelined him for Sunday’s matinee against the Cats.

Langdon, playing on the Royals’ top scoring unit and averaging a point per game and tied for the league lead in power-play goals with four, didn’t get freaked out by the accident. He took it all in stride figuring out immediately he was cut.

“I knew the skate hit me and I said ‘I bet the skate cut me’ and then I felt my hand and saw the blood,” he said.

He required 16 stitches to close the wound. Royals team doctor Bob Huxter, as always, was on hand for the contest.

“The doctor was there so I just told him to stitch it up,” he said. “It was a deep cut, but it didn’t go down to the arteries or nothing.”

Langdon was a happy camper Monday despite having to watch Sunday’s 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 he’s going to be cautious about his injury and doesn’t plan on suiting up for either game.

He plans on making the road trip with his teammates.

“If it was playoffs I may be able to go Friday, but where we got three weeks off I’ll probably rest it because obviously you don’t want it to split back open,” he said.

The Royals clash with the Caribous Friday 8 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Clarenville Events Centre.

 

 

Organizations: Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, Hodder, Clarenville Events Centre

Geographic location: DEER LAKE, Clarenville

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