Sportscaster John Giannone was pelted in the face with a hockey puck Thursday evening, but that didn’t stop him from appearing on live broadcast while blood still streamed from his nose.
Giannone, the rink-side reporter for New York Rangers broadcasts, took the puck to his face during the Rangers-Islanders game at Madison Square Garden.
The incident was caught on live broadcast but even in slow motion, it was hard to see the moment of impact because the puck moved so fast.
The Rangers’ Marc Staal had floated the puck toward the box from where Giannone was reporting and it caught him on the bridge of his nose.
‘It’s all good,” Giannone said with blood streaming from the bridge of his nose and into his mouth. ‘Marc Staal came over and apologized.’
‘He’s a gamer,’ fellow sportscaster Sam Rosen said of Giannone.
The Rangers’ trainer patched up Giannone while he continued reporting
“It’s all good” Giannone said with blood streaming from the bridge of his nose and into his mouth. ‘Marc Staal came over and apologized’
Giannone joked, ‘I literally kept my eye on the puck there, I’ll tell you that.’
‘It looked bad when I hit him. He’ll look like one of us tomorrow,’ Staal said. ‘I felt bad. It was a rolling puck and as soon as I let it go, I could see him not even looking. He’s lucky it was a backhand.’
Coincidentally, the Islanders’ coach Jack Capuano was hit by a puck last week and needed five stitches as a result.