In professional hockey, freak injuries will happen, just ask Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov, who spent last year with the Buffalo Sabres, hurt his back during a preseason game against Toronto. The injury forced him to go in and out of the lineup throughout the 2016-17 season. After taking a hit from Colin Greening, the 26-year-old went into the boards (in front of the bench area). As Kulikov hit the wall, the door to the bench opened and his back smacked the corner of the opening (click here to watch the incident). The lingering back pain caused him to play in just 47 games for the Sabres. Kulikov is hoping that a fresh start in a new city will lead to some better luck when it comes to staying healthy. He signed a three-year deal with Winnipeg on July 1st, and he’s hoping to put last year’s injury troubles behind him.
Kulikov trying to forget about last season’s ‘frustrating’ back injury
Pro Hockey Talk | Sep 5