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Eric Wellwood injured himself during a game. Only click the link if blood doesn't bother you.

Eric Wellwood of the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms is currently in hospital recovering from surgery after suffering a gruesome skate cut Sunday afternoon versus the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In the second period of the game, Wellwood fell into the boards, somehow slicing his lower right leg with his left skate.

As of right now, there doesn't appear to be video of the incident. But, lest we fail to understand the gruesomeness of the injury because we didn't see it, Wellwood's teammate, Danny Syvret, tweeted a photo Sunday night of Wellwood's "Curt Schilling skate":

Canadian politics: the leader is asking the NHL to send the players to the Olympics.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is urging NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to let the league's stars play in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Harper says he speaks for all Canadians who want to see the country's top players don the Maple Leaf at the Winter Games.

Whoa, the Hershey Bears (remember them?) ticket prices will be going up.

More than 2.6 million patrons have filed through Giant Center’s gates to watch Hershey Bears hockey since October 2006, a total unmatched by 29 other AHL teams across the continent.

With one home game remaining this season, the Bears will lead the league in attendance for the seventh consecutive campaign, and they’ll become just the fifth AHL team since 1962-63 to average more than 10,000 per game.

It will cost a little more to see a game in Hershey next season, however.

In a renewal letter to season ticket holders, the Bears said seats in the lower bowl (100 level) are going up 50 cents in 2013-14. Upper-level seats (200 level), which went up 50 cents from 2011-12 to 2012-13, will remain the same price.

Crosby is still healing - and loving his straws.

Lacing on hockey skates is going to have to wait. At this point, Sidney Crosby would settle for a meal that didn’t require a straw.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star and his surgically repaired mouth remain on a liquid diet as he recovers from a broken jaw sustained in a win over the New York Islanders on March 30. The NHL’s leading scorer remains sidelined indefinitely and has not been cleared to return to practice.

Ryan O'Byrne played his first game for the Leafs... and scored.

Phil Kessel scored twice to break out of a drought and Ryan O’Byrne, brought in for his defence, got a goal in his Leaf debut as Toronto took down the New York Rangers 4-3 on Monday night.

Kessel ended a personal 10-game goal drought as the first line had a big night, tallying six points including a three-point night for Kessel. James van Riemsdyk also scored and added an assist, and Tyler Bozak had an assist as Toronto moved to 7-1-3 in the last 11 with a playoff position clearly in sight.

In case you didn't watch it, head over the the Avalanche site to watch the Charity Brunch. Your heart will grow a few sizes.