It's common knowledge that professional hockey players are tough, but sometimes it borders on crazy.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson took a puck to the throat in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Wild when he blocked a puck coming off a Wild snapshot.

The hit was bad enough that Hjalmarsson hasn't been cleared to speak yet, but that's not stopping him from playing in Game 3, according to the Chicago Tribune.

According to NHL.com, Hjalmarsson wore a throat guard while participating in Tuesday'€™s morning skate.

And he's got the backing of his coach and team. Coach Joel Quenneville said that not speaking won't be too much of a problem.