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11 Times NHL Players Proved They Are Half Beast, Half Human

With the NHL All Star game coming Jan. 24-25, we take a moment to celebrate a special breed of people- hockey players. Conflicting feelings of terror and awe intermingle as you ponder the true origins of these manbeasts.

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1. When Michael Del Zotto (Flyers) Instagrammed His Skate Cut to the Throat

With the completely non-sarcastic caption "What a way to finish 2014!" Thank you for starting my year with this absolutely terrifying picture, Michael Del Zotto.
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With the completely non-sarcastic caption "What a way to finish 2014!" Thank you for starting my year with this absolutely terrifying picture, Michael Del Zotto.

2. When Daniel Alfredsson Casually Picked His Teeth Up From The Ice

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Oh, there's one. And there's another one! Ha!

3. When Pascal Dupuis Nonchalantly Pulled Out His Tooth with His BARE HANDS On The Bench

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Was that a brief look of...satisfaction after he extracted it successfully?

4. And John Tavares Followed Suit With His Own DIY Dental Duty

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If you stare long enough you can kind of hear the sound of the tooth coming off in your head.

5. Then Krys Barch Topped Them All By Not Only Pulling Out His Own Tooth

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...but also tossing it to a fan in the stands. The best souvenir? The worst souvenir? I really don't know.

6. When Stamkos Lost a Chunk of His Nose After Taking a Puck To The Face

Then came back to play that same game with a cage over his face. Because who needs noses nowadays, anyway?
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Then came back to play that same game with a cage over his face. Because who needs noses nowadays, anyway?

7. When Roman Polak Returned to the Game With His Face Looking Decidedly Larger

The woman behind him really does not want to look.
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The woman behind him really does not want to look.

8. When Tomas Hertl Took a Puck to the Mouth and Seemed Somewhat Joyful About It

It's really hard for this kid to not be extraordinarily adorable.
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It's really hard for this kid to not be extraordinarily adorable.

9. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals. Duncan Keith Takes a Puck to the Mouth and Loses Seven Teeth.

Misses one shift...to take the teeth out. Comes back seven minutes later and still leads his team in ice time. "It's just missing teeth," Keith said through his bloodied and swollen mouth. "It's a long way from the heart."
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Misses one shift...to take the teeth out. Comes back seven minutes later and still leads his team in ice time. "It's just missing teeth," Keith said through his bloodied and swollen mouth. "It's a long way from the heart."

10. When Brendan Witt Got Hit By a Truck... and Still Played That Same Night

Said Witt to truck driver- "I've got to go play some hockey. I'm a hockey player. I'm OK. No big deal." I didn't even make this up, he actually said this. (Said truck driver to self- "What the f#*& did I just hit?")
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Said Witt to truck driver- "I've got to go play some hockey. I'm a hockey player. I'm OK. No big deal." I didn't even make this up, he actually said this. (Said truck driver to self- "What the f#*& did I just hit?")

11. When Gregory Campbell Finished the Penalty Kill Despite Breaking His Leg That Same Shift

This, my friends, is a hockey player.
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This, my friends, is a hockey player.

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